Injuries Spur Specialized Bicycle Recall

(The Associated Press)

Some of the bikes in the Specialized recall, Sept 25, 2012

By Jen Benepe

Specialized Bicycle Components Inc. is recalling approximately 12,000 bicycles because the bicycle fork can potentially break off and lead riders to fall and get hurt.

Fourteen models of the company’s bicycles have been affected.

The announcement was made in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and said that the front fork on the bicycles could break.

Despite the seriousness of the recall, Specialized made no mention of the action on the news section of their website, instead focusing on the race results of their sponsored teams. However, they did have a PDF reference to the Commission’s news bulletin under product support referring to the recall of the forks

The commission received four reports of front forks breaking, resulting in facial fractures, head and shoulder injuries and cuts. No deaths have been reported as a result of breakages.

The bicycles were manufactured by Kinesis of China.

The recall includes some 2008 and 2009 models of Globe bicycles for women and men. The models in the recall include:

Globe Elite, Globe Sport, Globe Sport Disc, Globe Centrum Comp, Globe Centrum Elite, Globe City 6, Globe Vienna 3, Globe Vienna 3 Disc, Globe Vienna 4, Globe Vienna Deluxe 3, Globe Vienna Deluxe 4, Globe Vienna Deluxe 5 and Globe Vienna Deluxe 6 bicycles.

The bicycles were sold from July 2007 through July 2012.

Consumers should stop using the recalled bicycles immediatelyand bring them to an authorized

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retailer for the free installation of a free replacement fork.

For additional information, contact Specialized toll-free at (877) 808-8154 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the company’s website at http://www.specialized.com and click on Support/Safety Notices.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product.

They ask that you tell them about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov.

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