November 29, 2001
Profile-Design Recalls Bicycle "Aero Bars"
Beach, CA (SafetyAlerts)
- Profile-Design LLC
about 8,400 "aero
bars" used on racing bicycles. The aero bars are handlebar extensions that
either mount in the center of the handlebars or are sold as a complete
handlebar and stem system. The aero bars allow riders to ride in an
aerodynamic crouching position. The brackets that attach the aero bars'
forearm pads, where riders rest their arms, can loosen or separate during
use, causing the rider to lose control and crash.
Profile-Design has received one report of a bracket on one of the aero bars
loosening, resulting in a rider crashing and suffering a broken rib and
The recall includes "Carbon X" TM and "Carbon Stryke" TM aero bars. The
Carbon X aero bar is a complete bicycle handlebar and stem system, and
includes the writing "Profile Design" and "Carbon X." The Carbon Stryke aero
bar attaches to existing bicycle handlebars, and includes the writing
"Profile Design" and "Carbon Stryke." Both aero bars are black.
Independent bicycle stores worldwide sold the recalled aero bars. The Carbon
X aero bars were sold from August 1999 through November 2001 for about $349,
and the Carbon Stryke aero bars were sold from May 1999 through November
2001 for about $139.
Consumers should stop using the recalled aero bars immediately and contact
the company to receive two free replacement brackets. For more information,
consumers should contact Profile-Design at (888) 800-5999 between 9 a.m. and
5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's web site at
Aero bar ZB brackets that are welded together or have a spring- loaded
flip-up design are not part of the recall.