Bicycle forks recalled because of crash hazard
- February 12, 2009 8:50 AM
- By Tara Kimura
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, along with Tenneco-Marzocchi of Italy, is voluntarily recalling bicycle forks because the suspension system on the bikes with forks can become compressed and fail to return to its original position, causing riders to lose control.
The recalled bicycle forks were sold for installation on mountain bikes. The recall involves certain 2008 model year 888RC3 and 888RC3WC suspensions with date codes beginning with T07D07, T07D08 and T07D09. The forks are white or black, with red and black artwork on the legs.
Tenneco-Marzocchi of Bologna, Italy, which manufactured the forks, has eight reports of damaged forks outside the U.S., including one report of an injury from a fall.
The commission says the bicycle forks can also expand forcefully if repair is attempted by the consumer, posing a risk of serious injury.
About 70 of the products, manufactured in Taiwan, were sold at various bicycle parts distributors and retailers in the U.S. from July 2007 through September 2007 for between $1,000 US and $1,700 US each.
Consumers should stop using the recalled bicycle forks immediately, and return them to the dealer of purchase for a free repair. Consumers should not attempt to repair the forks.
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