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CPSC, Syntace USA Announce Recall of Bicycle Handlebar Stems

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Recall Date:
January 19, 2006

Recall Details

January 19, 2006
Release #06-069
Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 448-3876 Ext. 233


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. 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: F99 (Force 99) Bicycle Handlebar Stems

Units: About 2,300

Distributor: Syntace USA, of Olney, Ill.

Hazard: The recalled bicycle stems can crack or break under normal conditions, causing the rider to fall and suffer serious injury.

Incidents/Injuries: No incidents or injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled bicycle handlebar stem is black. Stems with production codes 01 03 through 45 04, and stems with no production code are included in this recall. The production code is the bottom set of numbers located on the end of the stem.

Sold by: Bicycle dealers, mail order magazines and on the Internet from May 2003 through July 2005 for about $90.

Manufactured in: Taiwan

Remedy: Consumers should stop using bicycles equipped with the recalled handlebar stem immediately and contact Syntace for instructions to receive a free replacement stem and installation.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Crystal Trout at Syntace USA at (800) 448-3876, extension 233, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or log onto - consumers also can e-mail the firm at or write to: Syntace USA, 1902 Miller Drive, Olney, Ill. 62450.



Picture of Recalled Bicycle Handlebar Stem

Picture of Recalled Bicycle Handlebar Stem









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