02/22/2012 // WPB, FL , USA // Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley
Irvine, CA — Mountain bicycle handlebar stems by Shimano American Corporation are being recalled by Shimano, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada for fall hazards the handlebar stems pose to consumers. The CPSC announced the recall, which includes the U.S. and Canada, on February 21, 2012.
The handlebar stems were recalled after discovering that the front plate of the stem to the stem body can be pulled out of the threads while the bike is being ridden, which can cause the rider to lose control and fall.
“This recall involves PRO Atherton direct mount bicycle handlebar stems with the model number PRSS0049 and supplied from October 2009 to November 2010. The stem consists of a metal alloy body and front plate and four alloy bolts. The stem body is black with red markings. It has the word ‘PRO’ in four places on the sides and the word ‘Atherton.’ The front plate is black and silver with the PRO logo in the center. The model number is located on the barcode sticker on the backside bottom of the packaging material. Stems with the following identification codes are being recalled: HH, HJ, HK, HL, IA, IC, ID, IE and IF. Some of these stems were outfitted with 18mm bolts instead of 21mm bolts. The identification code is located on the stem body where the handlebars are seated,” reported the CPSC.
Consumers are advised to take the bicycles with the handlebar stems to an authorized retailer to determine if the stem is involved in this recall.
For more information concerning the product recall, consumers can contact Shimano American Corporation at (800) 353-4719 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit www.shimano.com.
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