Originally created 12/17/00

Scooter recall attributed to design



WASHINGTON - Nearly 100,000 scooters are being recalled because of handlebar problems that caused riders to lose control, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

About 90,000 Kent Kickin' Mini Scooters are being recalled because the handles can come out of the steering column. About 7,500 Racer X20 scooters from Kash 'N Gold Ltd. are being recalled because a joint between the handlebars can break.

Consumers were urged to stop riding the recalled scooters.

They can call Kent International at (800) 451-5368 to obtain a free replacement handlebar for the Kent model. The Racer X20 scooters can be returned to the store where they were purchased for a refund or a new scooter with a metal joint. Kash 'N Gold can be reached at (800) 354-8785.

Six injuries have been attributed to the problems prompting the recall.

The Kent scooters are made of chrome-plated steel and carry a "made in China" label on the lower steering column. They sold in Toys R Us stores nationwide for about $60 from May through September.

The X20s, also Chinese-made, are lightweight aluminum and are mostly silver-colored with blue, green, red, orange or clear wheels. They were sold in August and September for $70 to $100 at Discovery and Mervyn's stores and on the Discovery Web site.