Nirve Sports Recalls Bicycles

About 725 Chopper-Style Bicycles imported by Nirve Sports Ltd., of Huntington Beach, California have been recalled due to <"">fall hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. About 100 Red Star, 285 Skulls, and 340 Cannibal Chopper bicycle models are involved.

The bicycle stem on the handlebars can crack and cause the rider to lose control, posing a risk of serious fall and injury. To date, Nirve Sports has received reports of cracked handlebar stems, which all occurred during assembly of the bicycle. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves three models: Red Star, Skulls, and Cannibal Chopper-Style Bicycles with model names printed on the chain guard. Red Star has a black finish, Skulls bear a skull graphic and comes in grey and black, and Cannibal bears a dragon graphic and comes in black; serial numbers are located on the bottom of the bicycle between the pedals. The following models, SKUs and serial Numbers are involved:

• Red Star/SKU# 3421; serial number ranges: L8E0600576-L8E0600675.

• Skulls/SKU# 3433; serial number ranges: L9E0200751-L9E0200810, L9E0201891-L9E0201900, L9E0201966-L9E0201972, L9E0400061-L9E0400120, L9E0500226-L9E0500285, L9E0700641-L9E0700700, L9E0701241-L9E0701255, and L9E0701301-L9E0701315.

• Cannibal/SKU# 3434; serial number ranges: L080405181-L080405240, L8E0901311-L8E0901370, L9E0300491-L9E0300560, L9E0202337-L9E0202344, L9E0400196-L9E0400255, L9E0601206-L9E0601265, and L9E0602346-L9E0602365.

The recalled Chopper-Style Bicycles, which were manufactured in China, were sold by Nirve Sports showroom, online, and at authorized dealers nationwide from December 2008 through April 2009 for from about $300 to $600.

This is the second recall originating with a product manufactured in China on which we have written today. Imports from China into the United States have long been making headlines for issues with defective parts and dangerous elements, including hazardous lead levels in children’s toys and products, parts that can break off and pose choking hazards to children, and problems with hooded sweatshirts with drawstrings that are considered defective and dangerous to children.

Recalls from products manufactured in China have also been associated with unsafe, sometimes deadly, medications, pet and consumer food products, and health items, as well as the ongoing drywall debacle that has been the culprit in untold numbers of cases involving homes across the United States plagued with corroding metals and offensive odors. In many cases the entire gutting of houses has been mandated to correct the problem.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop riding the bicycles and return them to the place of purchase for free repair. Nirve Sports can be toll-free at (888) 296-4783 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Pacific Time, Monday through Friday or at he firm’s website at

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