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CPSC, HiPer Technology Inc. Announce Recall of ATV Wheels

WASHINGTON, July 1 -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. (To access color photos of the following recalled products, see CPSC's Web site at .)

Name of product: All-terrain vehicle (ATV) 9-inch wheels, with aluminum center section

  Units:  About 875

  Manufacturer:  HiPer Technology Inc., of Lawrence, Kan.

Hazard: The aluminum center section of the wheel can come apart causing the tire and rim to unexpectedly separate from the ATV, posing a risk of serious injury if the rider loses control of the vehicle.

Incidents/Injuries: HiPer has 12 reports of wheel center section breakage and separation.

Description: The recalled 9-inch ATV aftermarket rear wheels have a model number of 0990 YHR. The rear wheels were manufactured from February 15, 2005 through May 2005. The recalled wheel can be used as the rear wheel on ATVs having the following bolt patterns: four bolts on a 110mm circle or four bolts on a 115mm circle. The center section of the wheel is made of aluminum and has eight bolt holes.

Sold at: ATV dealers and HiPer Technology sold the wheels from February 2005 through May 2005 for about $190.

Manufactured in: United States.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the 9-inch ATV wheels and contact HiPer Technology to receive a replacement wheel center section and or wheel repair, free of charge.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact HiPer Technology at (800) 464-4737 anytime or visit the firm's Web site at .

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $700 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products -- such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals -- contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270 or visit CPSC's Web site at . Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site at .

Firm's Recall Hotline:(800) 464-4737

CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772