The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc., of Morgan Hill, California, have recalled 12,000 bicycles due to a fall hazard. The front fork of the affected bicycles can break and cause the rider to fall. This recall involves both men’s and women’s 2008 and 2009 Globe bicycle models, manufactured by Kinesis in China and imported to the U.S. To date, Specialized Bicycles has received four incident reports of the front fork breaking causing face and body injuries to riders.
The recall involves Specialized Bicycles models, including the Globe Elite, Globe Sport, Globe Sport Disc, Globe Centrum Comp, Globe Centrum Elite, Globe City 6, Globe Vienna 3, Globe Vienna 3 Disc, Globe Vienna 4, Globe Vienna Deluxe 3, Globe Vienna Deluxe 4, Globe Vienna Deluxe 5 and Globe Vienna Deluxe 6 bicycles. All bicycles were sold in various colors, by authorized Specialized dealers from July 2007 through July 2012, for from $550 to $1,100.
The bicycles were stamped with the company name, “Specialized” on the lower frame tube. The model name can also be found in a variety of places on the bike frame.
According to the CPSC, consumers should stop using these bicycles immediately, and return them to an authorized Specialized Bicycle dealer for free installation of a free replacement fork. For additional information, consumers may contact the company by calling their toll-free number: 1(877) 808-8154 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday, or by visiting the Specialized Company website at http://www.specialized.com and click on Support/Safety Notices.
To view photos of the recalled bicycles, please visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12281.html