Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. (To access color photos of the following recalled products, see CPSC's Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov.)
Name of product: F99 (Force 99) Bicycle Handlebar Stems
Units: About 2,300
Distributor: Syntace USA, of Olney, Ill.
Sold by: Bicycle dealers, mail order magazines and on the Internet from May 2003 through July 2005 for about $90.
Manufactured in: Taiwan
- Hazard: The recalled bicycle stems can crack or break under normal conditions, causing the rider to fall and suffer serious injury.
- Incidents/Injuries: No incidents or injuries have been reported.
- Description: The recalled bicycle handlebar stem is black. Stems with production codes 01 03 through 45 04, and stems with no production code are included in this recall. The production code is the bottom set of numbers located on the end of the stem.
- Remedy: Consumers should stop using bicycles equipped with the recalled handlebar stem immediately and contact Syntace for instructions to receive a free replacement stem and installation.
For additional information, contact Crystal Trout at Syntace USA at 800-448-3876, extension 233, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or log onto http://www.syntaceusa.com. Consumers also can e-mail the firm at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to: Syntace USA, 1902 Miller Drive, Olney, Ill. 62450.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $700 billion annually.
The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products -- such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals -- contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at 800-638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at 800-638-8270 or visit CPSC's Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov.
Firm's Recall Hotline: 800-448-3876 Ext. 233; CPSC Recall Hotline: 800-638-2772
Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission; CPSC Media Contact, 301-504-7908