Scooters Recalled Due to Handlebar Defects
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And she fears it could get worse: "One of our concerns is
that the scooters coming out for the holidays are more high-tech," with
some even motorized. "We're worried we're going to see more head
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is just one of many
groups calling for the use of basic safety equipment. The American Medical
Society recommends scooter riders, especially children and adolescents, wear
certified helmets, wrist guards, elbow and knee pads. The medical association
also recommends close supervision of riders younger than eight.
A lack of parental supervision has been the major problem with
the scooters says Pamela Johnston, spokesperson for the Toy Manufacturers
Association: Recently she told WebMD, "the concern is about the parents not
following proper safety procedures. There are many good parents who don't know
Riders also need to stay out of traffic. One of the Consumer
Product Safety Commission's primary guidelines is just that, Ross told WebMD
"We want to make sure that the people who have the recalled
scooters get the replacement or refund, and that everyone who rides scooters
uses safety equipment," Ross says. "That's our main goal, to reduce the
injuries that are skyrocketing right now."
Consumers should stop riding both recalled scooters
immediately. Call Kent International at 1-800-451-5368 to receive a free
replacement handlebar. Return the Racer X20 scooters to the place of purchase
for a full refund or a new scooter with a metal joint or call Kash 'N Gold at
The recalled scooters stopped being marketed in September.
"So any scooters on the market now should be safe," Ross says. The
commission is "hoping" that people will buy safety equipment when they
hit the stores this holiday season for scooters.