The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Minneapolis-based Salsa Bicycles, announced a voluntary recall of Salsa's CroMoto S.U.L. stems.
About 8,600 stems, made in Taiwan and sold on complete bikes and as aftermarket items, are affected by this recall.
Salsa, a subsidiary of Quality Bicycle Products, has received three reports of handlebar stems breaking. One incident resulted in a rider suffering a broken wrist.
According to the UCPSC and Salsa, this recall involves all CroMoto S.U.L. stems sold as individual aftermarket units and on these models of complete Salsa bicycles: Ala Carte, El Mariachi, Casseroll Triple, Casseroll Single and La Cruz. The aftermarket stems are black and have the word “Salsa” painted on the extension. The complete bike stems are painted to match the bike model color and have the word “Salsa” painted on the extension.
The recalled stems range from 75- through 105-degree rise and extension length from 90 to 120mm, sold by specialty bicycle retailers nationwide from November 2007 through December 2008 for between US$880 and $1870 for complete bikes. The aftermarket stems were sold at specialty bicycle retailers nationwide and on select web-based retailers from March 2008 through December 2008 for between US$60 and $65.
Consumers should stop riding these bicycles immediately and contact an authorized Salsa Bicycles dealer for a free inspection and replacement stem.
For more information, contact Salsa Bicycles toll-free at (877) 774-6208 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit www.salsacromotostem.com.