Toward the end of January, an Ontario-based company issued a voluntary recall on two of their products. If you’ve never heard of a snow bike, this may be your first exposure. For those who are more familiar, this may come as no surprise. Here is the statement that was delivered:
“Tech 4 Kids is recalling the OUTER EDGE Snow MX – Ski-Doo® and Snow MX – X Games™ snow bike in the United States.
Tech 4 Kids has received reports from consumers and retailers that a number of the units have experienced cracked or broken front skis. The company is aware of three reports of injury associated with the defective front ski and out of an abundance of caution and an unwavering commitment to product quality, consumer satisfaction and safety, Tech 4 Kids has decided to recall the OUTER EDGE Snow MX – Ski-Doo® and Snow MX – X Games™. Affected products will have either a yellow Ski-Doo® or blue X Games™ emblem on the unit’s steel frame and front ski. The Snow MX has been sold in the US since September at various retailers with a MSRP of $149.99. Consumers should stop using the SNOW MX immediately and return it to the retailer from which it was purchased for a refund.”
Just looking at the concept of a snow bike, consumers already know that there are risks involved in using one to ski down a mountain. However, as the recall indicates, if the product is already cracked or broken upon initial use, then it wasn’t safe to begin with. Among the injuries that resulted from this defective product are cuts and bruises (one cut requiring stitches) and an individual who now braces a dislocated shoulder.