Wednesday, May 16, 2007 Bethel, CT-Cannondale is voluntarily issuing a Safety Recall Notice. The products affected include any 2007 and some 2008 mountain bikes equipped with either Lefty Speed Carbon SL or Lefty Speed DLR 2 forks. If your bike is equipped with one of these forks, stop riding the bike immediately and take it to your Cannondale dealer for required service.
"Unfortunately there have already been injuries due to this issue. We strongly urge anyone that has purchased one of these bikes to contact their dealer immediately and have your bike inspected," says Chris Peck VP R&D at Cannondale.
Cannondale has learned of an error in the assembly process of these forks which may allow the telescope assembly of the fork to completely separate. "The origin of the problem is an improper application of a thread locking compound to the damping cartridge. The result is that the lower half of the assembly could potentially unthread and slide out of the upper sleeve,"
"It's important to note that the product design itself is not flawed nor is the manufacturing process. This is an assembly error. Cannondale Lefty product has been in our line for nearly a decade. It is race-proven at the World Cup level and has passed the highest testing standards in the industry when manufactured correctly," says Peck.
The Safety Recall Notice will be distributed to all Authorized Cannondale Dealers in conjunction with specific service procedures. Cannondale has put appropriate control procedures in place to ensure quality prior to all future bicycle assembly.
For information on specific bicycle models affected, the notice will be posted here or call the company at 1-800 BIKE USA in the US. In Europe, call +41 61 487 93 80 or email firstname.lastname@example.org