Fuji and Shimano Issue Separate Bicycle Recalls Due to Safety Issues
In separate and unrelated recalls, both Fuji and Shimano have issued bicycle recalls through the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) due to fall hazards caused by faulty parts.
Fuji has recalled over 10,000 Saratoga Women’s Bicycles after it was discovered that the frame can break in the center of the downtube during use and cause the rider to fall.
“The recalled bicycles are Fuji women’s cruiser bicycles. The 2008 through 2010 models Saratoga 1.0, Saratoga 2.0, Saratoga 3.0 and Saratoga 4.0 are included. The bicycles are various colors. ‘Fuji’ and ‘Saratoga’ alone or ‘Saratoga’ along with the model number is printed on the frame of the bicycle. Serial numbers beginning with ICFJ7, ICFJ8, ICFJ9, ICFJ10 and ICFJ11 are included in this recall. The serial number is located on the bottom of the frame near the crank,” reported the CPSC.
The Shimano recall affects PRO Atherton Mountain Bike handlebar stems.
It is reported that the bolts can be pulled out of the front plate of the handlebar stem holding it to the stem body and cause riders to 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,” the CPSC reports for this recall.
Consumers should contact authorized dealers of the respective bicycles in order to receive replacement parts.