Specialized Recalls Bicycles Due to Fall Hazard
JUNE 23, 2006 -- WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)???The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Specialized yesterday announced a voluntary recall of about 2,700 Specialized bicycles with SW Carbon Stem with Magnesium Faceplate.
The bicycle's stem has a magnesium faceplate that holds the handlebar in place. The faceplates on the recalled stems can crack and allow the handlebar to break off the bicycle, posing a serious fall hazard. Specialized has received five reports of the magnesium faceplate exhibiting cracks. No injuries have been reported.
The SW Carbon Stem with Magnesium Faceplate is black with the words "S-Works" and "Magnesium Faceplate" printed on it. The stems were included as original equipment on the following 2006 bicycles models: S-Works Tarmac, Tarmac Pro, S-Works Roubaix, Roubaix Pro, Allez Pro and S-Works Transition. It was also sold as an aftermarket item under the name S-Works Advanced Composite Mag Road Stem.
The Taiwanese-made stems were sold at authorized Specialized retailers from June 2005 through April 2006 as original equipment of the bicycle models referenced above or as an aftermarket item for about $160.
Those riding the bicycles that have the recalled stems should stop immediately and take them to an authorized Specialized retailer for a free replacement faceplate.
For additional information, call Specialized at (877) 808-8154 or visit the company's web site at www.specialized.com.