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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 1999

Release # 99-145
CPSC: Yolanda Fultz-Morris
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1219

Specialized Bicycle Components Inc., Recall Road Bicycles

Morgan Hill, CA (SafetyAlerts) - Specialized Bicycle Components Inc., of  Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 4,000 Specialized 1999 Allez and Allez Sport model bicycles. The handlebars on these bicycles can unexpectedly come out of the stem during use. This can result in serious injuries to the rider.

Specialized received one report of a consumer suffering serious injuries, including a concussion, when the handlebar pulled out of the handlebar stem.

The model "Allez" bicycles are blue and the model "Allez Sport" bicycles are orange. These bikes were sold through authorized Specialized dealers from October 1998 through June 1999 for between $1,000 and $2,000.

Consumers should stop riding these bicycles immediately and take them to an authorized Specialized dealer for a free inspection and replacement of the handlebar stem if needed, and a free inspection and replacement, if necessary, of the handlebars.

For more information, call Specialized at (800) 214-1468 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PDT Monday through Friday, or go to their website.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.

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