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News   September 20, 2004   by Auto Service World

BMW Canada Inc. Announces Voluntary Recall of 20 SlideCarver Scooters

BMW Canada Inc. is recalling 20 SlideCarvers sold through its retailers. Customers are asked to stop using the SlideCarver immediately and return the product to BMW retailers for a full refund. In addition to a full refund, customers will receive a $200 gift certificate that can be redeemed for BMW lifestyle merchandise at the dealership where the product was purchased.
The SlideCarver is a three-wheeled scooter with adjustable hydraulic twin-disc brakes, front and rear wheel steering system and a folding mechanism.
The product, sold from December 2003 until July 2004, could have been made with a component that does not meet manufacturing specifications. The supplier did not follow specifications and changed the manufacturing process on a front structure part from a forging to a casting. If a SlideCarver with a cast front structure runs into a rigid object with significant force (e.g., a curb), breakage to that structure could occur. Breakage of the front structure
may cause the operator to lose control and result in a fall, possibly causing injuries.
No incidents of injury have been reported in Canada. BMW has received one report of a scooter front column breaking in the United States causing a rider to fall and suffer minor injuries. The SlideCarver, is no longer produced or sold through BMW. Customers with questions about this recall can contact 1-800-567-2691.
BMW Group Canada, based in Whitby, Ontario, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BMW AG and is responsible for the distribution of BMW luxury performance automobiles, Sports Activity Vehicles, Motorcycles, and MINI. BMW Group Financial Services Canada is a division of BMW Group Canada and offers retail financing and leasing programs on new and pre-owned BMW and MINI automobiles, as well as retail financing for new and pre-owned BMW Motorcycles. A total network of 36 BMW automobile retail centres, 18 BMW motorcycle retailers, and 19 MINI retailers represents the BMW Group across the country.

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