Salsa Bicycles is recalling about 8,600 bicycles because the handlebar stems can crack or break, posing a serious fall and injury hazard to riders. According to this news report in Consumeraffairs.com, Salsa Bicycles has apparently received three reports of handlebar stems breaking. One such incident ended up with a rider breaking his wrist.
The recall involves all CroMoto S.U.L. stems sold as individual aftermarket units as well as several models of complete Salsa bicycles: Ala Carte, El Mariachi, Casseroll Triple, Casseroll Single and La Cruz. The aftermarket bicycle stems are black and have the word â€œSalsaâ€ painted on the extension. The recalled products, manufactured in Taiwan, were sold by specialty bicycle retailers nationwide from November 2007 through December 2008. They were sold for between $60 and $65.