The maker of Bike Friday folding bicycles is recalling 3,800 tikit brand bikes because the handlebar stem can break, causing a fall and injury.
The Eugene, Oregon folding bike maker is urging all tikit owners to stop riding the bicycles and to contact dealers or the manufacturer to schedule a free repair.
Parent company Green Gear Cycling and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission received six reports of stems breaking; two cases resulted in cuts that required stitches.
The bikes were sold online and in dealers from 2007 to September 2012 for between $900 and $5,000, depending on the model. They came in various colors.
See the special tikit recall webpage at BikeFriday.com for details.
Tikit owners will be directed to a detailed stem replacement form that asks for the bike’s dimensions, frame number and type of folding system as well as how urgently the owner needs the bike to be repaired.
Bike Friday will send out the replacement stems to owners or dealers and will reimburse any labor costs, according to the website.