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91,000 Bicycles Recalled by Bridgeway and CPSC Due to Crash Hazard

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Bridgeway International of Naples, Florida, have announced a recall of 91,000 “NEXT”-branded men’s 26-inch hybrid bicycles. The reason for the recall is the bicycle chain can break which could cause the rider to lose control and crash. There have been 11 reports of incidents and nine reported injuries including lacerations and contusions.

The bicycles were made in China and imported to the U.S. for sale by Walmart from February through July 2011. The bicycles sold for approximately $100 and come in red or orange. The words, “Power X” and “Suspension” are printed on the frame. The recall is of models LBH2611M and LBH2611M2. Consumers can find the model number on the bicycle frame between the pedals.

Consumers are urged to stop using “NEXT” bicycle and to contact the company for a free repair. Bridgeway can be reached by calling Bridgeway International at

(877) 934-3228 anytime or visiting the firm’s website at www.powerxbike.com . To check the photo of these bicycles, go to the CPSC website: www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11331.html

Oddly enough, this isn’t the only bicycle recall presently ongoing. At the same time, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Specialized Bicycle Components Inc., of Morgan Hill, California, also announced a recall of 14,200 bicycles with Advanced Group carbon forks. These bicycles being recalled were made in Taiwan and imported to the U.S. for sale at retailers nationwide for between $700 and $2,000.

These bicycles were recalled because the company had received at least two reports of the brake component disengaging from the carbon fork. Thus far, no injuries have been reported. Nine models with Advanced Group carbon forks manufactured in 2011 are involved in the recall, including: Sirrus Expert, Sirrus Comp, Sirrus Elite, Vita Expert, Vita Comp, Vita Elite, Vita Elite Step Thru, Tricross Sport, Tricross, and Tricross Comp. Again, all models have the word “Specialized” on the lower front frame tube.

Consumers are urged to stop using the bicycles and return them to an authorized Specialized retailer for a free repair or replacement carbon fork. They may contact the company, Specialized, toll-free at (877) 808-8154 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the company’s website at www.specialized.com

To view photos of the Specialized bicycles being recalled, visit the CPSC website at: www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11330.html