Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Specialized Bicycle Components Recalls Bicycles Due to Serious Fall Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Specialized 2009 Model Bicycles

Units: About 14,000

Importer: Specialized Bicycle Components Inc., of Morgan Hill, Calif.

Hazard: The handlebars can break, posing a fall hazard to the rider.

Incidents/Injuries: Specialized has received two reports of the handlebar breaking during use, one of which caused a rider to suffer head trauma which resulted in unconsciousness and a puncture wound to the arm.

Description: This recall involves HL handlebars on the following 2009 Specialized bicycles: Cross Trail Comp, Myka HT Comp, Myka HT Elite, Rockhopper, Rockhopper Comp and Rockhopper Comp 29. The model number of the HL handlebar is ALR-13 NTFOV and is located underneath the right hand grip of the handlebar.

Sold by: Authorized dealers nationwide from June 2008 through February 2009 for between $640 and $1,050.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop riding these bicycles and contact a Specialized dealer for a free replacement handlebar.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, please contact Specialized toll-free at (877) 808-8154 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's web site at www.specialized.com .

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