In the period from 1. January to 31. December 1992, the new pinless external fixator was applied in eight European and North American clinics as part of a prospective multicentric study run by the AO/ASIF Documentation Centre. The aim of this study was to determine the indications, handling, and clinical results with the new fixator. The new pinless fixator was used 77 times on a total of 75 patients. The main indications were fresh tibial shaft fractures for which immediate definitive treatment was impossible. The majority of cases were secondarily stabilized with an unreamed tibial nail once the local and/or general condition of the patient had improved. In the remaining cases the pinless fixator was used for calcaneal and tibial head traction, segment transport and temporary stabilization in cases of tibial infection. Only after long-term application of the fixator was local infection at the pin site observed. There were no other complications. The new pinless fixator is a valuable addition in the treatment of fresh tibial fractures, in particular, in those cases which cannot be primarily treated due to contributing factors whether local or general.