Marzocchi have announced a voluntary recall of some of their suspension forks in the US. About 70 of their 888 RC3 and 888 RC3 WC downhill forks are affected.
The Italian company say a hard landing which bottoms out the fork can break the internal piston rod, leaving the fork fully compressed and unable to rebound, and potentially causing the rider to lose control and crash.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission say they have received eight reports of damaged 888 RC3 forks, and one rider claims to have been injured as a result.
The recall affects 2008 forks with date codes beginning with T07D07, T07D08 and T07D09 sold in the US between July and September 2007. The forks are white or black with red and black artwork on the legs. To check your date code, look under the lower crown.
Marzocchi say owners should stop using the forks immediately and return them to the shop where they bought them from for a free repair. The company are warning people not to try to fix their own forks because the legs could “extend violently” and injure them.