Bike Handlebar Stems Recalled

About 6,500 <"">Salsa Handlebar Stems have been recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using the recalled products immediately and notes that it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

The handlebar stems, which were manufactured in Taiwan and imported by Salsa Cycles, a subsidiary of Quality Bicycle Products, of Bloomington, Minnesota, can crack or break, posing a fall hazard to the rider. To date, Salsa Cycles has received one report of a handlebar stem breaking that resulted in minor injuries.

This recall involves all CroMoto S.U.L. 25.4 and 26.0 threadless handlebar stems and all CroMoto S.U.L. 26.0 quill handlebar stems sold as individual aftermarket units after April 1, 2010. The handlebar stems are black and have the word “Salsa” painted on the extension. The recalled handlebar stems have a hash mark on the inside of the stem bar clamp area.

The recalled Salsa Handlebar Stems were sold at bicycle retailers and websites from April 2010 through October 2010 for about $65.

Consumers should stop riding bicycles containing these handlebar stems immediately and contact an authorized Salsa Bicycles dealer for a free inspection and a handlebar stem replacement or a full refund. Quality Bicycle Products can be reached, toll-free, at 1.877.774.6208 between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Central Time Monday through Friday or at is website at

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