November 30, 2000Mountain Bike Handlebar Stems
CA (SafetyAlerts) - Profile Design
LLC said today it is recalling about 8,000 mountain bike handlebar stems. The stem
connects the bicycle's handlebars to the fork. These stems can break during use, causing
the bicycle rider to crash and suffer serious injuries.
Profile Design has received reports of six riders crashing when the stems on their
bicycles broke, resulting in teeth injuries, bruises and abrasions.
This recall only involves "Stiffy"TM threadless mountain bike stems. Threadless
stems clamp directly around the fork's steering tube. These stems were sold individually,
and also on custom-built bicycles and in bicycle parts kits distributed by:
The recalled stems have
"Profile" and "Stiffy" written on them. The rear portion of the steer
tube clamp is sharply angled (45 degrees) at the top and the front handlebar clamp has two
bolts. The recalled stems were sold in black, red, blue, yellow and cream.
Independent bicycle dealers nationwide sold bicycles and parts kits with these stems and
individual stems from March 1997 through April 2000. The stems sold for about $50.
Consumers should stop using bicycles with these stems immediately, and either call Profile
Design to get a free replacement stem, or return the bicycle with the recalled stem to a
Profile-Design retailer to have the stem replaced free of charge. For more information,
call Profile Design toll-free at (888) 800-5999 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday
through Friday. "Stiffy"TM stems with "Profile Design" written on the
side and that have three bolts on the handlebar clamp are not included in the recall.
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