It’s a little bit like Dave Stoller’s “Breaking Away” dad waking up from a nightmare screaming “Refund!? Refund!?” except in this case it’s “Recall!? Recall!?”
Seven bicycle brands — representing 68,000 children’s and adult bicycles — were recalled on Thursday by Meijer Stores located in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.
Other recalls include PRO VIBE Bicycle Handlebars by Shimano, brake levers by Specialized Bicycle Components and brakes by eecycleworks.
In all cases, a malfunction of the recalled parts can cause a fall. The retailer, manufacturers and CPSC urge owners to stop using the recalled bikes and parts immediately and contact the dealer.
The Midwest retailer is recalling the 68,000 bicycles after 29 incidents of pedals falling off the bicycles were reported, causing 16 injuries. The bicycles had been assembled on-site at Meijer Stores by Serv-U-Success of Grandville, Michigan.
Brands covered by the recall are child and adult-sized Huffy, Iron Horse, Mongoose, Northwoods, Pacific, Razor, and Schwinn bicycles. They were sold March through August 2012 and have a Serv-U-Success sticker attached. Bikes sold with a Serv-U-Success written in green markers are not included in the recall; neither are the Michigan stores in Cadillac, Gaylord, Petosky and Traverse City.
Consumers can return the bikes to Meijer stores for a replacement bicycle or a full refund. Consumers also will receive a $10 store coupon.
A booklet containing photos of all the recalled bicycle makes and models can be found at this link to Meijer Stores.
Specialized Bicycle Components is expanding a brake recall to include about 100 bike brake levers. (About 600 of the 2010 and 2011 Shiv Modules and 2012 Shiv TT modules were recalled in April 2012, according to the CPSC).
The Morgan Hill, California-based company issued the recall after a report that an adjuster cap and brake cable can slide out of position and make the brakes non-operational.
The brake levers include the Tektro TL-83 sold on 2012 S-Works Shiv and 2012 S-Works Shiv TT bicycle frames, and sold as aftermarket parts.
The CPSC urges users to stop riding bikes with these brake levers immediately and contact an authorized Specialized Bicycle Components retailer for free replacement brake levers.
For more information contact Specialized customer service between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday at (877) 808-8154 or visit the firm’s website at www.specialized.com
About 67 PRO VIBE carbon handlebars are included in the recall by Shimano. The handlebars can break during a ride, although Shimano hasn’t received any such reports.
The recalled model numbers for the high-end bike handlebars are: PRHA0099, PRHA0102, PRHA0103, PRHA0105 and PRHA0106. The affected serial codes are: JE028ZG, JE101ZG, JE106ZG, JF081ZG, JF102ZG, JG048ZG, JH006ZG and JH077ZG. The model numbers are printed on a label inside the handlebar tube.
For a free replacement contact Shimano American at (800) 353-4719 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.shimano.com.
About 400 brakes are included in the recall by eecycleworks of La Canada, California, after receiving two reports of the bike bridge cracking. One incident resulted in scrapes and bruises.
The eebrake model brakes were sold between September 2008 and march 2011 for road racing bicycles. The recalled models have a white “ee” logo and a five digit serial number starting with either “80XXX” or “09XXX” displayed on the front or rear of the brake strut.
Owners should stop riding the bicycles and get a free replacement bridge by contacting eecycleworks at toll-free at (855) 838-6924 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.eecycleworks.com.