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Heads up, Rollerbladers! There is a Rollerblade recall.
Rollerblade USA has recalled their inline skates due to risk of injury. Apparently the frame mounting bolts as well as the wheel axle bolts may be loose when sold. This poses a risk to Rollerbladers because the wheels or frames on the skates can cause the user to fall, potentially causing serious injury. So far there have been 31 reports of loose bolts including one case involving a fall and a minor injury that necessitated medical assistance.
Rollerblade USA and The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have announced a voluntary recall of about 29,000 pair of Spark, Spitfire inline skates. The skates, manufactured in Thailand, Vietnam and China, were sold at sporting goods stores nationwide and online from September 2009 to July 2010 for between $80 and $160.
Consumers are instructed to stop using the recalled Rollerblades immediately unless otherwise instructed. Don't turn around and put them on Craigslist either--it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell recalled products. Consumers should inspect all wheel-axle and frame-mounting bolts to ensure that they are sufficiently tight. Video instructions on bolt tightening and maintenance are available at www.rollerblade.com
The specific Rollerblades recalled are:
For further information on the Rollerblade recall, consumers can contact Rollerblade USA at (800) 232-7655 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.