Manufacturer Recalls Bicycles for Potential Crash Danger

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Specialized Bicycle Components Inc. has issued a defective product recall for about 12,000 bicycles because a part can break off and cause riders to fall down and get injured. According to a news report in The Associated Press, the company made the announcement along with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) stating that the front fork of the bicycles can break. So far, the company has received four reports of these front forks breaking. Victims have suffered facial fractures, head and shoulder injuries as well as lacerations as a result of these defective bicycles.

The recall includes some 2008 and 2009 models of Globe bicycles for both women and men, which were sold from July 2007 through July 2012. Consumers are asked to stop using these recalled bicycles right away and take them to an authorized dealer to have the faulty fork uninstalled and replaced at no cost.

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Bicycles Recalled for Faulty Brakes

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Specialized Bicycle Components Inc., a California-based company, has issued a defective product recall for bicycle brake levers. According to a news report in The Washington Post, The Tektro TL-83 brake levers sold with 2010 and 2011 S-Works Shiv bicycle frame modules and 2012 S-Works Shiv TT bicycle frame modules can become non-operational. Officials say the adjuster cap and brake cable can slide out of position causing the rider to lose control.

So far, one incident has been reported where the rider lost function of both brakes. There have been no reports of serious injuries as a result of this defect. The brakes, which were manufactured in China, were sold at authorized and specialized bicycle components retailers from April 2010 to February 2012. For more information, please contact Specialized at 1-877-808-8154.

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