Hase Bikes of Waltrop, Germany have issues a recall for all Kettwiesel and Lepus trikes manufactured between January/February 2010 and December 2011. They urge owners of potentially impacted trikes to stop riding them immediately, and contact a dealer to have the drive bolts replaced.
The full notice from Hase follows:
In the course of our ongoing product-evaluation work, we have discovered that some Kettwiesel and Lepus models have unfortunately been sold with drive bolts that, under certain circumstances, could post a safety risk associated with material failure. In extreme situations, these bolts can fail.
This potential risk applies to Kettwiesel models from the following period:
January 2010 – December 2011
As well as Lepus models from the following period:
February 2010 – December 2011
For safety reasons, the above specified products must be taken out of use until the respective bolts have been replaced. Trikes that were sold before or after the specified periods are not affected by this recall.
It is important to us that all trikes from HASE BIKES maintain their reliability throughout their service life. If you purchased your KETTWIESEL or LEPUS in the specified time periods, it is imperative that you stop using your trike immediately and take it to your dealer as soon as possible to have the drive bolts replaced. If you are uncertain as to whether your trike is one of the models affected by this recall, please contact your dealer for assistance.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this recall may cause and promise that, in the future, we will remain committed to ensuring your safety. And of course we hope that you will enjoy many more fun-filled years with your trike from HASE BIKES.
The bolts shown in read must be replaced. Fig. above with differential, below without.