Thule has issued a recall on a number of its discontinued hitch-style bicycle racks.
The recall includes:
- the Hitching Post Pro, models 934, 934XT, 935, 935XT, 936, 936XT, 937, 937XT, 951, 951XT
- the Expressway, models 995, 995XT, 996, 996XT
- the Trailblazer, models 998, 998XT
The models were sold between January 2003 and June 2007 at bicycle, sporting goods, and automobile supply stores.
The problems comes from a pinch point which exists between the bike arm bracket and the upright assembly of the hitch-style bicycle rack. When the bike arm bracket is moved to its down position, the pinch point has the potential to cause severe personal injury, including lacerations and/or amputations.
If you have one of these racks, stop using it immediately and contact Thule at 800-THULE-91 (800-848-5391) between the hours of 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. eastern standard time to obtain a free repair kit. Consumers can also obtain information on this recall online at www.thuleracks.com.
"During the five years that these racks were on the market they were quite popular, and thus the majority of the units are in the hands of users," Fred Clark, president of Thule, said in a release. "However, with the repair kit, users will be able to quickly safeguard the pinch point and safely use their racks again."