In a news release Thursday, Specialized Bicycle Components Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, announced a voluntary recall of thousands of bicycles due to a risk of a brake component coming apart, posing a fall hazard.
Subject to recall are approximately 14,200 bicycles with Advanced Group carbon forks. The brake component housed within the carbon fork on the recalled bicycle can disengage from the fork. If this happens, the brake assembly may come touch the wheel spokes while the bicycle is in use, posing a fall hazard to the rider. Specialized Bicycle Components has received two reports regarding the issue, but no complaints of injuries.
The recalled bicycles are from model year 2011 and are equipped with Advanced Group carbon forks. The affected models are: Sirrus Expert, Sirrus Comp, Sirrus Elite, Vita Expert, Vita Comp, Vita Elite, Vita Elite Step Thru, Tricross Sport, Tricross, and Tricross Comp. The bicycles were sold nationwide from June 2010 through August 2011 for between $700 and $2000.
Consumers are urged to stop using the recalled bicycles immediately and return them to an authorized dealer for a free repair or replacement carbon fork.
As a Orangeburg personal injury lawyer, consumer safety is something that I am very aware of; I hope that no one else was injured because of the recalled bicycles. Because of my experience as a Orangeburg auto accident attorney, I know that the effects of a faulty product can range from inconvenience and frustration to injury and sometimes death. I encourage anyone who has purchased one of the recalled bicycles to arrange for a repair as soon as possible.