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Calgary Jan. 3, 2011 CONSUMER ADVISORY: Product Recall – Bicycle Trailer Kit and Carriers with VersaWing 2.0 – Only When Used as a Bicycle Trailer Dear North American Chariot Consumer, Chariot, which since June 29, 2011 is now a premium brand within the Thule Group, is committed to the safety of our consumers. All Chariot products have been and continue to be produced in accordance with all safety regulations available at the time of manufacture and go through rigorous internal testing developed by Chariot with years of experience as the market leader. As the manufacturer of Chariot products, Thule Child Transport Systems, Ltd (“Thule CTS”) is notifying you of a product recall being voluntarily conducted in cooperation with the CPSC to our Bicycle Trailer Kits. This recall only applies to: (1) Chariot Pushbutton Style Hitch Arms; and (2) early model VersaWing 2.0’s when used as a bicycle trailer. Chariot has determined that when certain carriers are used as a bicycle trailer, in very rare circumstances there could be a failure of the Chariot Pushbutton Hitch Arm and/or certain versions of the VersaWing 2.0 while in use. Specifically, in very rare cases, there is a risk that: (i) the Hitch Arm in the Bicycle Trailer Kits (part number 20100503 and sold between October 2002 to August 2011) can crack at the outer surface near the larger hole risking a decoupling hazard if not identified by the consumer; and/or Area of Possible Fatigue on Old Style Hitch Arm Figure 1. Area of possible fatigue on pushbutton hitch arm (ii) carriers using the VersaWing 2.0 (carrier serial numbers between 1205-xxxx to 0710-xxxx sold between December 2005 to August 2010) has the potential to break in the rare event of a roll-over risking a decoupling of the trailer from the bicycle. Figure 2. Line of possible failure on the VersaWing 2.0 Thule Child Transport Systems Ltd. #105 – 5760 9th Street S.E. Calgary, AB, Canada, T2H 1Z9 P +1 403 640 0822 F +1 403 640 0759 firstname.lastname@example.org www.thulegroup.com www.chariotcarriers.com Reg no 81640-2911 Registered office Calgary, AB, Canada 1