The U.S. distributor of Tern Folding Bicycles is recalling 650 of them because the frame can crack at the hinge on the top tube.
Lakewood, Calif.-based Stiles Products and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission recommend owners stop using the bicycles until they get the frames replaced. Although no accidents have been reported in the US, the company has received 11 reports of the frames cracking from outside the US.
The six models involved in the recall are Link Uno, Link D7i, Link D8, Link P9, Link P7i, and Link P24h. They were sold nationwide for $600 to $1,250 between November 2011 and April 2014.
They are made in China by Taicang A&I Medical Appliances Co.
Check the CPSC recall notice for serial numbers.
Owners of the faulty bicycles can get a free replacement frame and no-cost installation. They can also upgrade to three designated models at an additional cost.
For more information, contact an authorized dealer or call toll-free at (888) 570-8376 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday. The Tern Folding Bike website also has recall information.