Salsa have issued a worldwide voluntary recall of around 6,500 CroMoto SUL stems after identifying a fault that can cause them to crack or break.
History seems to be repeating itself for the Minneapolis-based company. In 2009, they recalled 8,600 of the same stems after reports of breakages.
This time only one incident has been reported – which, according to the Associated Press, resulted in minor injuries – but Salsa are erring on the side of caution.
The affected models are CroMoto SUL threadless (1-1/8in headset, 25.4mm and 26mm bar diameter) and quill (1in, 26mm) stems sold after 1 April 2010. Both have a hash mark on the interior of the handlebar clamp. Anyone with one of the products is urged to contact the bike shop they bought if from for a free inspection and a free replacement if necessary.
For more information, visit www.salsacromotostem.com. US readers can also contact Salsa's owners, Quality Bicycle Products, on (877) 774-6208. The recall has been issued in co-operation with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.