July 1, 1997
Release # 97-149
|CPSC: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC, Shimano Announce Recall of Bicycle
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Shimano American
Corp. of Irvine, Calif., is voluntarily recalling more than 1 million cranks installed on
bicycles in North America. The crank is used to connect the pedal to the frame of the
bike. If the crank breaks, the rider's leg can be injured by contact with the broken crank
or the rider can lose control of the bike, fall and be injured.
Shimano has received more than 630 reports of
cranks breaking in North America resulting in 22 injuries, including cuts and fractures.
The cranks have been installed on more than 200
models of bicycles manufactured since 1994 and sold under at least 49 brand names. Most
bicycle manufacturers have sold bicycles that are involved in this recall. The cranks also
may have been installed as an upgrade as part of the Altus, Acera and Alivio groups of
components. The cranks are numbered FC-CT90, FC-M290 and FC-MC12. These numbers are
located on the back or inner side of the right crank arm.
Consumers should check their bicycles' crank
assemblies. If they are involved in this recall, consumers should stop using their
bicycles immediately and call Shimano at 800-353-4719 to arrange for the free replacement
and installation of a new crank assembly at a nearby authorized repair shop. Consumers can
also arrange for the free replacement with their bicycle dealers.
List of 49 bicycle brands that may have installed
Other brands also may have installed Shimano
cranks. Consumers should check their bicycles.
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