CPSC and Syntace USA Announce Recall of 2,300 Bicycle Handlebar Stems to Avoid Risk of Serious Injury

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Syntace USA, of Olney, Illinois, have announced the voluntary recall of about 2,300 F99 (Force 99) Bicycle Handlebar Stems manufactured in Taiwan. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately.
The recalled bicycle stems can crack or break under normal conditions, causing the rider to fall and suffer serious injury. No incidents or injuries have been reported.

The recalled bicycle handlebar stem is black. Stems with production codes 01 03 through 45 04, and stems with no production code are included in this recall. The production code is the bottom set of numbers located on the end of the stem.

The recalled stems were sold by bicycle dealers, mail order magazines and on the Internet from May 2003 through July 2005 for about $90.
Consumers should stop using bicycles equipped with the recalled handlebar stem immediately and contact Syntace for instructions to receive a free replacement stem and installation.

For additional information, contact Crystal Trout at Syntace USA at (800) 448-3876, extension 233, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or log onto www.syntaceusa.com, consumers also can e-mail the firm at syntaceusa@syntace.com or write to: Syntace USA, 1902 Miller Drive, Olney, Ill. 62450.

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