(Photo © J. Maus)
The Weehoo iGo bicycle pedal trailer is the subject of a recall.
According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, 2,700 of the popular new trailers are being recalled because the receiver on the trailer’s seat post hitch can crack and cause the trailer to detach, “posing fall and crash hazards to the child in the seat.”
Since the Weehoo caught my eye at Interbike last year, I’ve notice more and more of these on the road in Portland. Similar to tag-along bikes, the Weehoo attaches to an adult bike and kids can pedal themselves. The big difference with the Weehoo is that the child is in a reclined position.
Weehoo’s have been sold locally by River City Bicycles and Clever Cycles. This recall only affects 2011 Weehoo iGo trailers made between April 2011 and July 2011.
Below is more information from the CPSC statement:
The trailer has a steel frame with an adjustable seat for passengers 38 to 52 inches tall, two pedals with straps, an enclosed sprocket and chain, a 20-inch wheel, two pannier pockets, a flagpole and a flag. The seat, pannier pockets, and flag are made of red, heavy-duty nylon. The pannier pockets and the flag have the word “Weehoo” and the logo printed on them in reflective material.
The serial numbers for the recalled trailers contain the letter “D” and can be found on the underside of the iGo frame, by the pedals.
The recalled trailers were sold at bicycle retail stores nationwide between April 2011 and July 2011 for about $390.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled iGo trailers and contact Weehoo for the repair. Consumers will receive a steel reinforcement sleeve to be installed over the receiver.
Please spread the word if you see someone or know someone that has one of these.