Defective forks cause Specialized to recall 14,000 bikes worldwide

2012 S-Works Tarmac SL4 DI2

Specialised has voluntarily recalled 2012 and 2013 Tarmac SL4 bicycles, 2013 Crux bicycles
2013 Secteur Disk bicycles because the steerer tube in the front fork can break and cause a crash.

The recall affects framesets and forks.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission issued the recall notice on 29 Jaunary 2013.

http://www.recalls.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/1045150

Riders should not use the bicycles because the steerer tube in the front fork could break, leading to possible loss of control of the bicycle and a crash, the ACCC said.

The bikes were sold nationally from 1 July 2011 to 29 January 2013.

The full ACCC recall notice with pictures of the affected models is at:

http://www.recalls.gov.au/content/item.phtml?itemId=1045150&nodeId=d7254b2f6949383a5e09b7ef1647fb42&fn=Recall%20Notice%20-%20Specialized%20Bicycles.pdf

Specialized said riders should stop riding an affected bike immediately and return it to an a Specialized retailer for a free inspection and, if appropriate, repair.  Forks needing repair would have to be sent to Salt Lake City.  It offered a $100 store credit.

Specialized’s full announcement is at:

http://www.recalls.gov.au/content/item.phtml?itemId=1045150&nodeId=a43a51f1535a9689dd62a61fe7bb7055&fn=Specialized%20consumer%20postcard.pdf

 

Specialized also has recalled about 12,000 of its 2008 Specialized Globe Elite bicycles because of faulty aluminium fork steerer tubes.

The ACCC said the identifying numbers were: 9286-5049; 9286-5052; 9286-5055; 9286-5058; 9286-5061

The front fork steerer tube could break during use, which could cause crash and injure the rider.

The bikes had been sold from 1 August 2008 to 11 December 2012.

The ACCC recall notice was issued on 12 December 2012 and is at:

http://www.recalls.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/1031131 with a link to the actual Specialized’s announcement is at:

http://www.specialized.com/OA_MEDIA/pdf/Globe_Recall.pdf

The US Product Safety Commission said the aluminium forks were made by Kinesis, of China.

Specialized had received four reports of forks breaking, causing a crash and injury to the rider.

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