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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Performance Hotline: (800) 553-8324 or Supergo Hotline: (800) 398-9702
September 22, 2004
Release # 04-220
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firms below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of product: "Forte Flyte OS" and "Weyless CF200" Carbon Handlebars
Units: About 300
Manufacturer: Performance Inc. and Supergo Inc., of Chapel Hill, N.C.
Hazard: The handlebars can develop cracks that may not be visible, which can cause the handlebar to break without warning, resulting in serious injury or death.
Incidents/Injuries: Performance Inc. has received one report of handlebars breaking. No injuries were reported.
Description: Only the Performance Forte Flyte OS Carbon Road handlebars and the Supergo Weyless OS Carbon Road handlebars are included in the recall. Both handlebars are natural carbon gray. The Performance Forte Flyte has printing along the top of the handlebar. On the left front is "Forte" in red, and on the right front is "Flyte." On the right top is "ACT" in large white letters and "Advanced Carbon Technology" in smaller letters. The Supergo Weyless handlebar says "Weyless" in white and has a red oval with "Full Carbon Composite" printed in white. On the left side is "CF" in red, "200" in white, and "Hi-Pressure Solid Compaction" in white. The Performance handlebars were sold separately, not as part of a bicycle. The Supergo handlebars were sold separately and as part of the 2004 Scattante SC-R bicycle.
Sold at: The recalled handlebars were sold by mail order, Web sites, and Performance and Supergo retail stores for about $169. The Scattante bike equipped with the defective handlebars sold for $3,295.
Manufactured in: Taiwan
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the bicycles with these handlebars immediately and return the handlebars to the nearest Performance or Supergo stores for a replacement or refund.
Consumer Contact: Contact Performance at (800) 553-8324 or Supergo at (800) 398-9702 between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday or visit the company's Web sites at www.performancebike.com
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
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