Inline skate product safety recall

On March 11, 2011 Health Canada has ordered a product recall for Spitfire Inline Skates.

This recall involves the following models of inline skates purchased since September 2009.

  • Spitfire, Boy's (SKU# 00705500741), Black
  • Spitfire, Girl's (SKU# 007056007Y8), Silver
  • Spitfire S, Boy's (SKU# 00705700956), Black
  • Spitfire S, Girl's (SKU# 007058009A7), Anthracite (Grey)
  • Spitfire LX, (SKU# 00705000955), Silver.


What is the danger?

The frame mounting bolts and wheel axle bolts can be loose on new skates. Loose wheels or frames on the skates can cause the rider to fall, posing a risk of injury.

Rollerblade USA has received 31 reports of loose bolts, including one report of a fall resulting in minor injuries that required medical attention.

At time of the recall Health Canada has not received any reports of incidents or injuries to Canadians related to the use of these inline skates.

What should I do?

You should immediately inspect all wheel-axle and frame-mounting bolts to ensure that they are properly tightened. Rollerblade USA recommends regular inspection and tightening of bolts. After wheel-axle and frame mounting bolts are inspected and tightened if needed, products are acceptable for sale & use. Video instructions on bolt tightening and maintenance are available at www.rollerblade.com.

For more information, you may contact Tecnica Group at 1-800-361-9090 between 9AM and 5PM EST Monday through Friday or visit the company website .

How many were sold and where?

An unknown quantity of the recalled inline skates were sold at sporting good stores in Canada.

The recalled inline skates were sold from September 2009 to July 2010. The skates were manufactured in Thailand, Vietnam and China.

The importer is Tecnica Group,Ville St-Laurent, Quebec.

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