POST FOR 120 DAYS FROM 10/31/00In cooperation
with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Profile-Design
of Carson CA is voluntarily recalling approximately 8,000 "Stiffy"TM
threadless mountain bike handlebar stems. The US CPSC will monitor this
recall for effectiveness. The stem connects the bicycle's handlebars to
the fork. One of the recalled stems is pictured below. The stems can break
during riding causing a loss of control of the bicycle. Profile-Design
has received 5 reports of injuries from Stiffy stem failures.
recall only involves "Stiffy"TM threadless mountain bike handlebar
stems sold from March 1997 through April 2000. These stems were sold aftermarket
through independent bicycle retailers. These stems were also included as
original equipment on new bicycles or bicycle parts kits distributed by:
The recalled stems are identified using the following points of identification: (1) the recalled stems say only "Profile" on them and not "Profile-Design"; (2) the rear portion of the steer tube clamp (the portion that says "Stiffy") is sharply angled (45 degrees) at the top and bottom (later models not subject to the recall were not as sharply angled); (3) the front handlebar clamp only has two bolts and not three like later non-recalled versions; (4) the recalled stems were available in black, red, blue, yellow, and cream.
Consumers should stop using the stems immediately and either obtain a replacement stem from Profile-Design free of charge (and change the stem themselves), or visit a Profile Design retailer to have the stem replaced free of charge. A list of retailers is listed on the website under "Dealer Locator" at www.profile-design.com, or you can call Profile Design at (888) 800-5999 ext. 161 Monday through Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm Pacific time to locate the retailer nearest you. Removal of the recalled stem and installation of the new stem only takes about 10 minutes using a 5mm hex or "Allen" wrench.
who wish to do their own replacement can call Profile Design's recall hotline
Phone: (888) 800-5999 ext. 161 fax: (310) 747-0085
For Stiffy Recall Email to firstname.lastname@example.org