The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Cannondale, has announced a product safety recall of 150 American-made 2008 Scalpel mountain bikes sold in the US between October to December 2007, based on six reports of frames breaking. No injuries have been reported.
Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.
The frame can break while in use, causing the rider to lose control and suffer injuries from a fall or collision. Consumers should contact Cannondale or an authorized dealer for a free replacement frame. Consumers have been directly notified. Only certain serial numbers are affected.
The 2008 Cannondale Scalpel is a cross-country racing mountain bike, made from carbon fibre and aluminium. They were sold in Black/White, Blue/Black and Black. The recall includes the following:
Model number 8AVPFR (Scalpel frameset), about US$3,200; model number 8VPO (Scalpel Team complete bike), about US$6,900; model 8VP1 (Scalpel 1 complete bike) about US$6,400; model 8VP2 (Scalpel 2 complete bike) about US$4,300.
UK bikes not affected
Those who have UK purchased Scalpels need not be concerned with the recall, however. Cannondale UK's Mike Cotty told BikeRadar, "Fortunately we discovered this issue and made the necessary production and testing improvements prior to any Scalpels being delivered in the UK. This means all Scalpel Carbon and aluminium models forecasted for the UK will be manufactured to our new standards and therefore no UK customers will be affected by this."
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