Sears Canada Issues Safety Recall for Boys and Girls 12" Free Spirit(R) Bicycle

    TORONTO, March 14 /CNW/ - Sears Canada today issued a safety recall
notice for the Boys 12" 'Bebop' and the Girls 12" 'Lubop' Free Spirit(R)
bicycles. Sears Canada has discovered that the bicycles contain higher than
permissible lead content levels.
    The affected bicycles were sold at Sears Canada retail stores, as well as
through the Sears Canada catalogue and online at, between May 1,
2007 and March 14, 2008. The above models produced for 2008 are not involved
in this recall and meet safety standards. The item and serial numbers of the
affected bicycles are set out below. The Sears item number is printed on the
customer receipt and the serial number is located on the underside of the
pedal crank assembly.

      Free Spirit(R)      Sears Item      Free Spirit(R)
      Bicycle Model         Number        Serial Number       Regular Price
     ---------------     ------------    ---------------     ---------------
    Boys 12" 'Bebop'        27101          AL07C084835 -         $79.99
    Girls 12" 'Lubop'       27100          AL07C084835 -         $79.99

    In the interest of consumer safety, Sears Canada advises customers who
own an affected bicycle to stop children from using it immediately, and return
the product to their nearest Sears Canada location for a full refund if
accompanied by a receipt of sale, or for the lowest selling price without a
receipt. Customers with questions or concerns may contact Sears Canada at
    Sears Canada will be posting signs in all of its retail stores to advise
customers of this safety issue. Sears Canada is bringing this matter to the
public's attention in the interest of consumer safety and apologizes for any

    Sears Canada is a multi-channel retailer with a network of 197 corporate
stores, 183 dealer stores, 51 home improvement showrooms, over 1,800 catalogue
merchandise pick-up locations, 106 Sears Travel offices and a nationwide home
maintenance, repair, and installation network. The Company also publishes
Canada's most extensive general merchandise catalogue and offers shopping
online at

For further information:

For further information: Eliana Cugini, Sears Corporate Communications,
(416) 941-4426,

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