Salsa Bicycle Handlebar Systems RecalledFeb 27, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
Salsa Bicycles is recalling about 8,600 of its Handlebar Stems Used on Salsa Bicycles, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.
The recalled Salsa Bicycles Handlebar Systems were made in Taiwan and distriubred by Salsa Bicycles, a subsidiary of Quality Bicycle Products, of Bloomington, Minnesota. The recall has been issued because the handlebar stems can crack or break, posing a fall hazard to the consumer. To date, Salsa Bicycles has received three reports of handlebar stems breaking. One such incident resulted in a rider suffering a broken wrist as a result of the damaged Salsa Bicycle Handlebar Stems.
This recall involves all CroMoto S.U.L. stems sold as individual aftermarket units and on these models of complete Salsa bicycles: Ala Carte, El Mariachi, Casseroll Triple, Casseroll Single, and La Cruz. The aftermarket stems are black and have the word “Salsa” painted on the extension. The complete bike stems are painted to match the bike model color and have the word “Salsa” painted on the extension. The recalled stems range from 75 through 105-degree rise and extension length from 90 to 120mm. A complete and extensive list of model numbers and names included in the recall can be found at Salsa Bicycle’s Website at: www.salsacromotostem.com.
The recalled Salsa Bicycles were sold by specialty bicycle retailers nationwide from November 2007 through December 2008 and retailed for between $880 and $1870 for complete bicycles. The aftermarket stems were sold at specialty bicycle retailers nationwide and via Websites from March 2008 through December 2008 and retailed for between $60 and $65.
The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop riding these bicycles and contact an authorized Salsa Bicycles dealer for a free inspection and replacement stem. Salsa Bicycles can be reached toll-free at 1-877-774-6208 between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Website at www.salsacromotostem.com.
Earlier this month, the CPSC also announced that Marzocchi recalled about 70 Bicycle Forks due to a crash hazard and a risk of injury during repair. The recalled Marzocchi Bicycle Forks, which were manufactured by Tenneco-Marzocchi s.r.l., of Bologna, Italy and made in Taiwan, were recalled because the suspension system on the bicycle equipped with the recalled forks could become completely compressed and could fail to return to its original position after a forceful landing, causing riders to lose control of the bicycle and crash. The forks can expand forcefully if repair is attempted, which also poses a risk of serious injury. Marzocchi received eight reports of damaged forks outside of the United States, including a report of an injury from a fall.
In late January, Saris Cycling Group, of Madison, Wisconsin recalled 2,000 of its Stationary Bicycle Trainers because a handle pin on the bicycle trainer can loosen during use, causing the machine to become disengaged, which poses a fall hazard to consumers. Just prior, SRAM LLC of Chicago, Illinois recalled about 175 bicycles with RockShox Bicycle Forks due to a crash hazard because the steerer can crack, which can cause the fork to detach from the bicycle frame, causing the rider to lose control and crash. The CPSC said one incident with a minor injury was reported and two other incidents, without injury, were reported outside of the United States.