Specialized recalls Flux and Stix lights

USB-rechargeable headlights and tail lights can overheat

Specialized Bicycle Components is recalling about 110,000 Flux and Stix headlights and taillights, as they can overheat and pose burn or other safety issues. Specialized has received four reports of Flux headlights or taillights overheating and two reports of Stix headlights expanding and bursting, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. No injuries have been reported.

Specialized and Specialized retailers sold the lights between June 2014 and February 2016.

Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled headlights and taillights. If you bought them from an authorized Specialized retailer, return them there for a free repair for Flux model headlights, or a free replacement for Flux model taillights, and Stix model headlights and taillights. If you bought them from Specialized.com, contact the company at +1 (800) 722-4423.

Flux headlights have a round, metal mounting system that fits both flat and drop handlebars.  Flux is printed on the side of the black, rectangular-shaped lights and on the bottom of the pewter-colored aluminum casing.  The affected lights include these models: Flux Expert Headlight, Flux Elite Headlight. 

The Flux taillights have a pewter-colored base with a 110-lumen light on the top. They mount on 27.2mm, 30.9mm and Venge aero seatposts. The Specialized logo is printed on top of the taillights. The affected light is called  Flux Expert Taillight.

Stix headlights are black with a 70-lumen light (Stix Sport) or a 105-lumen light (Stix Comp). They mount on handlebars between 22.2 and 35mm in diameter. Stix is printed in white letters on the end of the headlight. The affected lights include these models: Stix Comp Headlight, Stix Comp Taillight, Stix Sport Headlight, Stix Sport Taillight, Stix Sport Headlight and Taillight Combo.

Ben Delaney

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Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
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