The CPSC, in cooperation with American Classic, of Tampa, Florida, has announced a voluntary recall of about 2,850 American Classic road and mountain bike wheels manufactured in Taiwan. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately.
The recall includes all American Classic aftermarket rear wheels and hubs, as well as the following 2005 bike models which use American Classic rear wheels or hubs: Fuji Team Super Lite (Team SL); Orbea Aletta, Onix, Lobular 50, Dama Race, Mitis and Mitis Dama models; Felt F55 and F2C; Fetish Cycles Road and Mountain Bikes; Argon 18; and Motobecane LeChampion SL.
The outside of the rear hub shell has a serial number that starts with the letter “S.” The serial number is printed on the center of the hub shell opposite to the American Classic logo. Front wheels and front hubs are not included in this recall.
On these models, the hub in the bicycle’s rear wheel can fail to engage properly, causing no resistance when pedaling. The bicycle rider could lose balance, fall and suffer injuries. So far, no injuries have been reported.
The recalled models were made at the start of January 2005 and sold at bicycle specialty stores nationwide from January 2005 through June 2005 for about $240 (per rear hub).
Consumers should stop using the bike wheels with the recalled hubs and contact their local bicycle retailer to receive a free inspection. If you have a recalled wheel, the dealer will provide a free repair.
For additional information, contact American Classic at (800) 345-8356 or log on to the firm’s Web site at www.amclassic.com