Recall: Easton EA30 stem

6,400 stems affected; Raleigh and Diamondback bikes as well

Easton Sports is voluntarily recalling EA30 stems sold between August 2007 and September 2009, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported recently.

The Scotts Valley, California company received a report of a stem breaking, causing a minor injury to the rider. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. About 6,400 stems -- sold on complete bikes and as aftermarket products -- are affected by this recall.

According to Easton, the production date will identify if the EA30 stem is included in the recall. You will find a production code on the side of the clamp next to the lower clamping screw (see pictures). The production code is comprised of the calendar month (denoted by a letter A - L) and the year (denoted by a single digit). Here's a chart identifying the stems in question.

According to the report, the forged aluminium Easton EA30 stem -- made in China -- can crack and cause the rider to lose control, posing a risk of serious injury if the rider falls.

This recall also involves bicycles sold with Easton EA30 stems, which are described as black with white-and-gray graphics and feature a four-bolt stem face cap; 'EA30' is printed on the stem. Stems sold as aftermarket items for US$30 are included in this recall.

The bikes sold through independent bicycle dealers nationwide include all Raleigh 2007, XXIX 700c MTN, RX1.0, Diamondback 2007, Mission, and Sortie bicycles with EA30 stems, from August 2007 through August 2009 for between US$500 and $1,200.

Consumers should immediately stop riding the bicycles and contact any authorised Easton Sports for a free replacement stem.

For more information, contact Eason Sports in the U.S. toll free at (866) 892-6059 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or go to www.eastonbike.com.

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