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Store Removes Scooters Over Safety

December 18, 2000

CAMP HILL, Pa. (AP) _ Rite Aid Corp., the nation’s No. 3 drug store chain, has pulled all Super Speeder II Scooters from its shelves because of safety warnings from the manufacturer.

Hong Kong-based Excite Ltd. told Rite Aid that it had received complaints from consumers who pinched their fingers in the front folding mechanism.

``This is not an official recall,″ Rite Aid spokeswoman Jody Cook said Monday. ``The reason we’re doing this is because we decided voluntarily to take an extra step and caution our consumers who may have already purchased the scooter.″

The scooters, which also are sold as the Viper scooter, are all model No. 386. Rite Aid was the only U.S. retailer which supplied that model, Cook said.

Rite Aid said it is offering a full refund with or without receipt.

Excite contacted Rite Aid about the potential safety problems late last week, the drug store company said. Excite is working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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On the Net:

Rite Aid: http://www.riteaid.com

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

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