Merida recalls problematic bikes
Central News Agency
2009-01-19 08:11 PM
Taipei, Jan. 19 (CNA) Taiwan's second largest bike maker, Merida Industry Co., on Monday urged its clients who purchased the first generation of Freeway CT03 and R3.0 folding bicycles to take their bikes back to Merida stores to replace a problematic safety device.

Merida launched a patent safety folding button between June and July 2008 and used the device on those advanced types of bikes, said Chan Fu-chi, a company manager responsible of domestic marketing.

The device, however, can be easily damaged when the users try to unlock the button forcibly, Chan said, noting that the company improved the device in August, and then kicked off a recall of 1,800 bikes of those types it had sold for a safety check. So far, the company has notified 1,560 buyers for the replacement, but has been unable to contact the rest because they did not leave their personal information when they purchased their bike, Chan said.

Merida is the second largest bicycle maker in Taiwan, selling 70,000 folding bikes in the country last year, according to Chan.

(By Elizabeth Hsu)

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