Two recalls announced this week: Shimano is recalling PRO Atherton Series direct mount stems because the bolts can pull out of their threads, causing the faceplate to fall off and, likely, you and your handlebar with it. Fuji is recalling its Saratoga women’s bicycle because the frame can break in the center of the downtube.
Shimano has received one reported injury. The recall affects involves PRO Atherton direct mount bicycle handlebar stems with the model number PRSS0049 and supplied from October 2009 to November 2010. The front plate is black and silver with the PRO logo in the center. The model number is located on the barcode sticker on the backside bottom of the packaging material. Stems with the following identification codes are being recalled: HH, HJ, HK, HL, IA, IC, ID, IE and IF. Some of these stems were outfitted with 18mm bolts instead of 21mm bolts. The identification code is located on the stem body where the handlebars are seated. If you have one of these, stop riding it immediately and contact Shimano at 800-353-4719 or just bring them to your local authorized dealer for inspection and bolt replacement. Full CPSC recall info here.
Fuji info after the break…
The Fuji Saratoga 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 and 4.0 women’s cruiser bicycles were sold at specialty bicycle stores nationwide from November 2007 through December 2011 for between $300 and $500. Consumers should stop riding the bicycle immediately and contact Fuji at (888) 286-6263. Full recall info with affected model serial numbers and more here.