With so many distractions for both drivers and pedestrians, it’s incredibly important for people to be aware of their surroundings, whether they’re traveling by foot, automobile or bicycle. As we know, automobile defects are no rarity, as millions of vehicles are recalled each year by the world’s most popular and presumably dependable automobile manufacturers because of problems that could lead to accidents and injuries. We also know that motorcycles and ATVs are susceptible to dangerous defects, and this week we’re reminded that even bicycles aren’t exempt from human error.
Approximately 12,200 high-end bicycles are being recalled by Specialized Bicycle Components, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, because of a manufacturing defect that creates a fall hazard. Specifically, the front fork’s steerer tube could potentially break, which could cause a rider to fall forward and injure himself. Most notably, the CPSC and Specialized are aware of two injuries caused by the defect, with one of them leading to “facial injuries and lacerations requiring stitches.”
The bicycle models involved in this recall include the 2012 and 2013 Tarmac SL4, 2013 Crux and 2013 Secteur Disc, and the various styles were sold between July 2011 and January 2013 for as much as $11,000. The specific model year and style information can be found in the owners’ manuals or sales documents; however, the model names are readily found on the sides of the bicycles. The CPSC and Specialized are recommending that riders cease using these bikes immediately and contact their local authorized dealers to receive a free inspection and repair.
Additionally, consumers can contact Specialized representatives at (877) 808-8154 for additional information about what this recall entails or how they should handle coordinating their inspection and repair. Specialized can also help consumers locate authorized dealerships in case that information is not known or readily available.