WASHINGTON -- Nearly 100,000 scooters -- one of this holiday season's most popular toys -- were recalled Thursday by federal safety officials because problems with their handlebars can cause riders to lose control.
About 90,000 Kent Kickin' Mini Scooters, made by Kent International Inc., are being recalled because the handles can come out of the steering column, the Consumer Products Safety Commission said. And about 7,500 Racer X20 scooters from Kash 'N Gold Ltd. have been recalled because a plastic joint between the handlebars can break.
Both models, which are kick-powered, lightweight and collapsible, have been removed from store shelves, and consumers who own them are urged to stop riding them immediately.
Six injuries have been attributed to the problems prompting the recalls.
In August, Kash 'N Gold was notified of a chest bruise injury caused by a faulty joint in the Racer X20, said Dan Nelant, the company's chief financial officer. The company began a voluntary recall and informed the safety commission. In response, the commission conducted an inquiry in September of the entire scooter manufacturing industry.
After finding problems with the handles of the Kickin' Mini Scooter, the commission asked Kent to recall the scooter, which the company did, said commission spokeswoman Jane Francis.
Kent has received four reports of injuries caused by handles disconnecting from the base, according to the commission's Web site. The injuries all involved children.
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