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Öhlins Recalls Bicycle Forks Sold on Specialized Bicycles Due to Fall and Injury Hazards

  • RXF 36 Front Air Suspension Bicycle Fork
  • RXF 34 Front Air Suspension Bicycle Fork
  • The affected area (normal position)
  • The affected area (partially unthreaded)
  • Specialized-branded Enduro mountain bicycle with recalled Ohlins fork
Name of Product:
Front air Suspension Bicycle Forks
Hazard:

The air cartridge can abruptly spring out of the stanchion tube, posing fall and injury risks to the rider.

Remedy:
Repair
Recall Date:
November 27, 2018
Units:
About 5,400 (In addition, about 550 were sold in Canada)
Consumer Contact

Öhlins collect at 828-692-4525 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.ohlins.com and click on “Recall” for more information or Specialized Bicycle at 800-722-4423 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at http://www.specialized.com/ and click on “SAFETY NOTICES” for more information.

Recall Details

Description:

This recall involves Öhlins branded RXF36 Air and RXF34 Air suspension forks sold as aftermarket equipment and as original equipment on some Specialized-branded Enduro, Stumpjumper, Fuse, and Levo mountain bicycles. A bicycle fork is the part that holds the front wheel. The recalled forks are black with “ÖHLINS” written in gold on each of the fork lowers. They have “RXF36” or “RXF34” printed across the fork arch. RXF36 Coil Forks (no air valve on the right-side top cap and “TTX” and “Coil” written on the back of the left fork lowers) are not included in this recall.

Remedy:

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bicycles and contact an authorized Öhlins or Specialized retailer for a free repair of the front fork.

Incidents/Injuries:

The firms have received four reports in the United States of the air cartridge abruptly springing out of the fork stanchion tube, including a report of a bruised shoulder and a broken rib.

Sold At

Bicycles sold at authorized Specialized Retailers nationwide from January 2016 through September 2018.  Öhlins bicycle forks sold as aftermarket accessories through authorized Specialized retailers, independent retailers, including Jenson USA, Fanatik Bike Co. and online at www.backcountry.com for between about $1,000 and $1,250.

Manufacturer(s):

A-pro Tech Co., Ltd, of Taiwan

Manufactured In:
Taiwan
Importer(s):

Öhlins Racing AB, of Upplands Väsby, Sweden and Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc., of Morgan Hill, Calif.

Recall number:
19-040
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This recall was conducted, voluntarily by the company, under CPSC’s Fast Track Recall process. Fast Track recalls are initiated by firms, who commit to work with CPSC to quickly announce the recall and remedy to protect consumers.

About the U.S. CPSC
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products has contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years. Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
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