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Defect forces recall of bicycles

Nov 12, 2012

The makers of the 2013 Diamondback Steilacoom RCX bicycles have been forced to issue a recall because they may pose a serious injury risk to riders.

According to a recall statement from Diamondback Bicycles, of Kent, Wash., in conjunction with the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission, the action is limited to just 40 bicycles. Affected products that were assembled with incorrect headset parts could cause the the steerer tube to fail. This defect could result in a rider losing control of the bicycles, falling and crashing. 

Though this could result in serious injuries for riders, Diamondback Bicycles has not received any reports of injuries linked to the defect. 

The 2013 Diamondback Steilacoom RCX bicycles are black in color and were sold in sizes ranging from 50- to 59-centimeters. "RCX" is printed on the top tube of the bicycle. These bicycles were designed to be ridden both on- and off-road. They were sold at and at They were also available at authorized Diamondback Bicycles dealers nationwide. These bicycles were only available from August until September this year and sold for between $900 and $1,100. 

The recalled bicycles were manufactured by the Chinese firm Universal Cycle Corp., of Guang Zhou. They are imported to the U.S. by Diamondback Bicycles. The recall statement indicates that authorized Diamondback dealers will perform a free inspection of one of the bicycles included in the recall and perform the necessary repairs to remove the risk of the defective headset parts. 

Bikes with the wrong headset parts will have the fork replaced and re-assembled with the correct headset parts.

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