The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Salsa Cycles, a subsidiary of Quality Bicycle Products, of Bloomington, Minn., announced a voluntary recall of about 6,500 units Salsa Handlebar Stems today.
Hazard: The handlebar stems can crack or break, posing a fall hazard to the rider.
Incidents/Injuries: Salsa Cycles has received one report of a handlebar stem breaking that resulted in minor injuries.
Description: This recall involves all CroMoto S.U.L. 25.4 and 26.0 threadless handlebar stems and all CroMoto S.U.L. 26.0 quill handlebar stems sold as individual aftermarket units after April 1, 2010. The handlebar stems are black and have the word "Salsa" painted on the extension. The recalled handlebar stems have a hash mark on the inside of the stem bar clamp area.
Sold at: Bicycle retailers and websites from April 2010 through October 2010 for about $65.
Manufactured in: Taiwan
Remedy: Consumers should stop riding bicycles containing these handlebar stems immediately and contact an authorized Salsa Bicycles dealer for a free inspection and a handlebar stem replacement or a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Quality Bicycle Products toll-free at (877) 774-6208 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit their website at www.salsacromotostem.com.