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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Product Recalls - Bicycles and Components


Bicycles

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Details: Several models of Trek 2012 FX and District bicycles imported by Trek Bicycle Corp. of Waterloo, Wis. The Chinese-made bikes were sold at specialty bicycle retailers nationwide from May 2011 to September. The affected 2012 models include the Trek 7.2 FX, 7.3 FX, 7.4 FX, AND 7.5 FX; District, and 9th District bicycle models: WSD, Livestrong and Disc. The model name is found on the bicycle’s frame.

Why: The bolt that secures the seat saddle clamp to the seat post can break, which could cause the rider to fall.

Incidents: Four reports of incidents, with one injury involving a broken tooth and lip.

How many: About 27,000.

For more: Call 800-373-4594; visit www.trekbikes.com

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Bicycle components

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Details: The recall involves nine 2011 model year bicycles made with Advanced Group carbon forks — the component that connects the wheel to the bike — distributed by Specialized Bicycle Components Inc., of Morgan Hill, Calif. The bikes are Sirrus Expert, Sirrus Comp, Sirrus Elite, Vita Expert, Vita Comp, Vita Elite, Vita Elite Step Thru, Tricross Sport, Tricross, and Tricross Comp, and all have the brand name “Specialized” on the lower front frame tube. The bikes were sold at authorized Specialized retailers nationwide from June 2010 through August 2011.

Why: The brake component housed within the bicycle’s carbon fork can come apart from the fork, which could allow the brake assembly to contact the wheel spokes while rotating.

Incidents: Two reports of the brake component disengaging from the carbon fork. No injuries.

How many: About 14,200

For more: Call 877-808-8154; visit www.specialized.com

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"Next" brand bicycles

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Details: “Next”-branded men’s 26-inch hybrid bicycles, made in China for Bridgeway International of Naples, Fla., and sold nationwide at Walmart stores from February through July. The red or orange bikes have model numbers LBH2611M and LBH2611M2 located on the frame between the pedals.

Why: The bicycle chain can break, which could cause the rider to lose control and fall.

Incidents: There have been 11 reports of the chain breaking, including nine involving cuts and bumps.

How many: About 91,000

For more: Call 877-934-3228; visit www.powerxbike.com

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The Columbus Dispatch - Product Recalls Index

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