Specialized is warning consumers to stop riding Globe bicycles they might have bought over the past five years because the front fork steering tube can break.
The Morgan Hill, California-based company has received four reports of front forks breaking, causing face, head and shoulder injuries.
The Specialized 2008 and 2009 Globe bicycles use Kinesis aluminum forks (manufactured in China) equipped with aluminum alloy steering tubes. Officials at Specialized Bicycle Components are asking owners to return the bikes to authorized dealers for free installation of a free replacement fork.
Recalled models include the Globe Elite, Globe Sport, Globe Sport Disc, Globe Centrum Comp, Globe Centrum Elite, Globe City 6, Globe Vienna 3, Globe Vienna 3 Disc, Globe Vienna 4, Globe Vienna Deluxe 3, Globe Vienna Deluxe 4, Globe Vienna Deluxe 5 and Globe Vienna Deluxe 6 bicycles.
The bicycles were sold in various colors between July 2007 and July 2012 and cost between $550 and $1,100.
Contact Specialized toll-free at (877) 808-8154 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the company’s website at http://www.specialized.com and click on Support/Safety Notices.