WASHINGTON (AP) _ A Taiwanese manufacturer is expanding its recall of suspension forks used in Brunswick Bicycles to cover 40,000 more forks, bringing the total recall to 53,500.

The original recall, announced last May, was prompted by reports that forks installed on certain Brunswick bicycles can break apart, causing riders to lose control and fall.

By Us International Co. of Taiwan and Brunswick Bicycles have received 26 reports of bicycle forks breaking, resulting in nine rider injuries, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday.

The recalled forks can be found in Mongoose S-20 and MGX S-20 bicycles, both orange-colored, and Roadmaster Ridge Rider bicycles, which are red. The forks on both bikes are black with decals reading ``BALLISTIC'' and ''105'' on the sides of the suspension fork legs.

Discount and toy stores nationwide sold bicycles that could be affected by the recall from June 1998 through June 2000 for $125 to $150.

The CPSC said consumers should stop using the bikes immediately.

Consumers can call Brunswick Bicycles at 1-877-211-3525 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST Monday through Friday EST to determine if the fork on their bike is being recalled. They should have the fork's serial number available when they call. That number can be found in the inside of the suspension fork leg.

Consumers with recalled forks will receive a free replacement fork and free installation.


On the Net:

Consumer Product Safety Commission: http://www.cpsc.gov

Mongoose Bicycle information: http://www.mongoose.com