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In-Line Skates Recalled

January 25, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The K2 Corporation of Vashon, Wash., is recalling 12,000 pairs of in-line skates because of faulty brakes, the Consumer Products Safety Commission said Monday.

The commission said that brake mounts on the skates from the ``Flight ALX″ brand could crack and fail, causing the skater to fall and be injured. No incidents or injuries, however, have been reported to date.

Sporting goods stores nationwide sold the skates under the ``FLIGHT ALX″ brand from August through November of last year. They cost about $200.

The recall covers ``FLIGHT ALX″ skates with model number S00161 or S00162 manufactured before November 20, 1999. The brand name and model number can be found on the skate’s tongue. The manufacturing date is stamped in the heel of the skate, on the footbed. It is written as the year, the month, then the day (for example 19991002 is October 2, 1999).

The recalled women’s skate is maroon and silver and was sold in sizes 4 through 11. The men’s skate is gray and orange and was sold in sizes 5 to 14.

Consumers should stop using these skates immediately and return them to the store where they purchased them for free replacement skates.

For more information call (800) 426-1617 between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday or on Saturday between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. EST Consumers can also access the company’s Web site at www.K2skates.com.

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