NEWS from CPSC

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 17, 2001 CPSC Contact: Yolanda Fultz-Morris
Release # 01-200 (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1219

CPSC, Firms Announce Recall of Bicycles and Bicycle Components

The following product safety recalls were conducted by firms in cooperation with the CPSC:

PRODUCT: Bike Handlebars and Bar Ends - Supergo Corp., of Santa Monica, Calif., is voluntarily recalling 125 "PAZZAZ" ATB-98 carbon fiber-wrapped aluminum riser mountain bicycle handlebars and 199 pairs of "PAZZAZ" carbon fiber mountain bicycle "bar ends." The bar ends were sold separately and can be bolted on to the end of most mountain bicycle handlebars to assist in climbing. The handlebars are about 23.5-inches long (unless cut by the user) with a .75-inch rise from the clamp to the grips. "PAZZAZ" is written in white letters under each handle grip area. About 6.75 inches from the right end of the handlebar a logo reads "PZ & Company," and about 6.75 inches from the left end of the handlebar a logo reads "PAZZAZ FIBER." The bar ends have a black carbon fiber grip area about 3-inches long with a glossy finish. The carbon fiber section has a logo which reads "PAZZAZ FIBER" in white letters, and the clamp is polished aluminum. Supergo stores in California and Chandler, Arizona sold the handlebars from June 2000 through May 2001 for about $39. Supergo stores sold the bar ends in California and Chandler, Arizona from July 2000 through May 2001 for about $25. Supergo also sold the bar ends nationwide through mail order.

PROBLEM: The handlebars can crack and break, causing the rider to lose control of the bicycle, fall and suffer serious injuries. The carbon fiber wrap on the handlebar can hide cracking of the aluminum handlebar underneath the carbon. The carbon fiber bar ends can become detached from the aluminum clamp during riding causing the rider to lose control and crash.

INCIDENTS/INJURIES: Supergo has received two reports of handlebars breaking and one report of a handlebar cracking. The firm has received two reports of bar ends detaching. There are no reports of injuries.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers should stop using bicycles with these recalled handlebars and bar ends immediately. The firm is offering a refund or a free replacement aluminum handlebar, which will be installed at Supergo stores. For bar ends, Supergo is offering a refund. For more information, call Supergo at (800) 326-2453 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or go to Supergo's web site at www.supergo.com.
 

Picture of Recalled Bicycle Component

 
Picture of Recalled Bicycle Component

 
 

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