Category: Recalls

17 Jul

Origin8 recalls

Origin8 recalls 1,600 folding bikes over frame concerns

by BRAIN Staff  Bicycle Retailer
Origin8 has received 13 reports of welds on the frame cracking or failing. No injuries have been reported.folding bikes

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — J&B Importers is working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall about 1,600 Origin8 folding bikes because welds on the bikes’ frames can break.

The recall involves three models: the Origin8 F1, F3 and F7. They were sold by IBD’s in the U.S. between August 2012 and October 2015 for between $370 and $480. Origin8 has received 13 reports of welds on the frame cracking or failing. No injuries have been reported.

Consumers are being told to stop using the recalled bicycles immediately and return them to the place where purchased for a free replacement bicycle. Consumers can contact Origin8 at (800) 666-5000 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at origin8.bike and click “support” for more information.

The F1 model is a single-speed folding bike that came in matte black and can be identified by the “F1” on the toptube. The F3 model is a three-speed folding bike that came in white and can be identified by “F3” on the toptube. The F7 model is a seven-speed folding bike that came in “battleship gray” and can be identified by “F7” on the top tube.

The serial number is located on the downtube near the bottom bracket as shown in the photo below. Serial number ranges included in the recall are as follows:

F1 Model serial number ranges:

B0470373-B0470459
B181460001-B181460100
B13223229 – B13223374

F3 Model serial number ranges:

B181460101 – B181460200
B0470460-B0470580
B130170001-B130170147
B181404945 – B181405079

F7 Model serial number ranges:

B181460201 – B181460320
B0470581-B0470746
B131070148-B130170279
B13223375 – B13223510
B181405080 – B181405255

More information: CPSC recall notice | origin8.bike.

16 Jun

GT Recall

GT recalling 2015 Fury Elite and Fury Expert bikes

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — GT Bicycles is recalling all of its 2015 model year GT Fury Elite and GT Fury Expert downhill mountain bikes because of a concern about front hub failures.

Last year, the company recalled 2014 model Fury Expert and Fury Team bikes because of a similar concern, in which the disc brake rotor could break off from the hub. Last year GT was replacing both wheels on the recalled bikes. 

This year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said the problem is confined to the front hub. “The front wheel hub can break and cause the disc brake system to fail, posing crash and injury hazards to the consumer,” the CPSC said.

The recalled 2015 Fury Elite model is white with blue and red accents. The recalled 2015 Fury Expert model is metallic gray with lime green accents.

GT’s parent company, Dorel’s Cycling Sports Group, has received two reports of broken hubs, but no injuries have been reported, according to the CPSC.

Consumers are being told to immediately stop using the recalled bicycles and return them to the nearest authorized GT dealer to have the complete front wheel replaced free of charge.

The bikes were sold from November 2014 to March 2015 for between $3,200 and $4,400.

More information: Recall notice on CPSC website | GT recall poster (pdf).

6 Jun

Joint Recall

Bicycle Recalls: Thirteen bike companies recall models over disc brake/QR concern

by Lynette Carpiet

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Thirteen companies representing 17 bike brands are part of a joint voluntary recall of certain bikes equipped with front-disc brake recall onewheel quick releases and disc brakes. The companies, through the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association, which acted as a mediator, are working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Health Canada and Profeco, the Mexican consumer protection federal agency, on the recall.

This is the largest group recall the industry has acted on, said Ray Keener, the BPSA’s executive director.

The BPSA reached out to industry suppliers in late spring following the widespread awareness of a quick release lever issue earlier this year afterTrek’s recall of nearly 1 million bikes. That recall involved quick releases whose levers are left open or improperly adjusted while riding and can be caught in the front disc brake rotor when in the open position. This type of quick release is widely spec’d among bike suppliers.

“As this quick release issue became obvious, more companies became interested in doing a voluntary recall,” said George Constantine, a lawyer from Venable LLP and counsel to the BPSA. “The BPSA was a natural next step to put a group together. We’ve been pleased to work cooperatively with the CPSC. They liked the idea of a large group coming together on this and working toward the greater goal of rider safety.”

The companies included in the group recall are all BPSA members, though efforts were made to include all industry suppliers including non-BPSA disc brake recall twomembers. Companies that are part of this recall are Accell North America (Raleigh, Diamondback), Advanced Sports International (Breezer, Fuji, SE), Cycling Sports Group (Cannondale, GT), Felt, G.Joanou Cycle Co. (Jamis), Giant Bicycle, Haro, LTP Sports Group (Norco), Performance Bicycle (Access), Quality Bicycle Products (Civia Cycles), Recreational Equipment Inc. (Novara), Ridley Bikes and Specialized Bicycle Components.

Specific models for each company weren’t named in the recall notice, but bikes affected date back as far as 1998 for some brands. The bikes sold for between $200 and $10,000.

According to the CPSC recall notice, about 1.5 million bikes are affected. Three incidents were reported in which riders were injured as a result of an open quick release lever on the front wheel coming in contact with the front disc brake. One resulted in a broken finger, wrist injury, shoulder injury and abrasions; no injuries were reported in the other two incidents.

As part of the group recall, the BPSA has created a number of resources for consumers and retailers. A central website, quickreleaserecall.com, is now live. It addresses questions and directs consumers and retailers to appropriate resources. Among the resources is a video (below) that shows consumers how to check to see if their bike is among those affected.

Consumers are being told to check their bike and see if the quick release is part of the recall. They can do this by applying the #2 pencil test. This involves opening the lever and loosening the front-wheel quick-release cam, pushing the lever toward the brake disc rotor, and measuring the distance between the cam lever and the rotor. If the distance is more than a quarter of an inch (6 millimeters), the QR is not affected by this recall. This can be checked by sliding an ordinary #2 pencil between the cam lever and the rotor. If the pencil cannot easily fit between the lever and disc rotor, consumers must take their bikes to their local shop for a replacement QR.

Constantine said that companies participating in this group recall are shipping replacement QRs to retailers. Compensation for the labor is being handled differently by each company and retailers should refer to each company’s individual website for more details about logging their recall activities, replacement QRs and disposing of affected QR mechanisms.

BPSA also has created QR Safety Recall posters (attached below) that it is mailing out to more than 5,000 retailers for posting in visible areas in their service departments until Jan. 31, 2016, along with a letter that explains the QR lever recall and where to go for more information.

BPSA’s Keener said the marketing materials and informational posters, video and website were included in the overall cost for suppliers to be part of the group, and shared among all.

“It’s very similar to what we do with the Owner’s Manual,” Keener said. “If individual companies did it on their own, they would be spending more money to make their own poster, video, etc. This is what the BPSA is all about — cooperation for the greater good.”

Pat Cunnane, chair of the BPSA’s committee addressing the matter, said, “Rider safety is our top priority.”

“We are pleased to be able to serve a role in bringing together the participating companies and facilitating this unprecedented large group effort,” he added.

Ridley Bikes’ Richard Wittenberg said the company only had 18 bikes affected by this recall. “We’re the smallest company that joined the group, but we’re committed to cycling safety no matter what. And if there’s one bike affected by this, we’re doing it. It’s not acceptable to have anything that can possibly hurt anybody out in the field,” Wittenberg said.

7 May

Trek Recall

This article first appeared on BikeRadar.

Trek today in cooperation with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall of quick-release skewers commonly used on the company’s entry-level and mid-range bikes since 1999.

trekrecallApproximately one million bikes sold in North America are affected (with many more globally), as the recall involves all models of Trek bicycles from model years 2000 through 2015 equipped with front disc brakes and a black or silver quick release lever on the front wheel hub that opens far enough to contact the disc brake (see Figures 1 and 2 below).

Bicycles with front quick release levers that do not open a full 180 degrees from the closed position, are not included in this recall.

Affected customers will receive free replacement skewers, plus a £15 / US$20 / AU$20 coupon redeemable at any Trek dealer toward any Bontrager product through December 31, 2015.

Update: Trek has stated that the maximum number of bikes potentially affected within the EU stands at 690,000.

There is no problem with the recalled skewers when they’re properly installed. The safety issue only arises when the skewer is incorrectly used and left in the ‘open’ position. In addition to the injury potential that already comes with an improperly installed front wheel, the affected skewers have levers that can swing more than 180 degrees and potentially jam in the disc brake rotor, thus possibly ejecting the wheel and/or the rider.

Trek has received reports of three incidents, one resulting in quadriplegia and two with lesser injuries, according to the CPSC.

The affected bikes were sold in the US and Canada between 1999 and 2015 for between US$480 and US$1,650. Bikes from equivalent price ranges and time periods in other regional markets are affected too.

The affected skewers are fine when used properly; the issue arises when they’re left in the open position, where the levers can swing past center and potentially jam in disc brake rotors:

Although the recall affects a huge number of bicycles, Trek points out that the recalled skewers, known in the industry as QR11’s, are not a Bontrager product but rather a commodity item from a third-party vendor. The part may or may not be branded and appears in various colours and finishes. This likely means that other brands might also be impacted with additional recall notices on the way.

Affected bicycle owners are urged to contact their authorised Trek dealer as soon as possible or call the company’s safety and recall hotline in the US at 800-373-4594. Trek UK owners can contact Trek via its customer service line – 01908 360160.

Trek has issued a recall for faulty quick-release skewers used on many of its lower-end and mid-ranged models produced since 2008:

For more information, visit www.trekbikes.com or www.cpsc.gov.

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