Bicycles recalled due to fork failure

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced on Wednesday a voluntary recall of 2005 Novara Trionfo Bicycles because they can pose a fall hazard due to fork failure.

The recall applies to 2005 Novara Trionfo bicycles with Aprebic carbon fiber forks. The bicycles are blue and white with black forks and have the name "Novara" printed on the bars.

The commission said the fork can separate from the steerer tube which can cause the rider to lose control.

Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), of Kent, Wash., which distributed the bicycles, has received two reports of forks separating causing riders to fall. Injuries reported include a fractured clavicle, broken teeth, facial damage and head injuries.

About 260 of the bicycles, made in Taiwan, were sold at REI retail stores nationwide from January 2005 through August 2006 for between $720 and $1,900.

Consumers are being told to stop using the recalled bicycles immediately and return them to an REI retail store a free repair.

Link: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09234.html