Recall: Specialized Bicycle Brake Levers
On 2012-04-18, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Specialized Bicycle Brake Levers due to a potential crash hazard. This product sold new beginning in April 2010 for about $80 to $6100.
About 600 units are involved in this Specialized bicycle brake levers recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 10th recall of products in the Bicycles, Bikes & Accessories category in 2012. Since 2005, there have been approximately 120 similar recalls, involving about 700,000 product units. See other recalled Bicycles, Bikes & Accessories.
Company Contact Information:
Phone: (877) 808-8154
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What is the problem?
The adjuster cap and brake cable can slide out of position and make the brakes non-operational. This can cause a rider to lose control of the bicycle and crash.
How can I tell if I own this product?
The recalled products are Tektro TL-83 brake levers. TL-83 levers are designed exclusively for use with aerodynamic handlebars (aerobars) sold as original equipment on 2010 and 2011 S-Works Shiv bicycle frame modules and 2012 S-Works Shiv TT bicycle frame modules. They are also sold as aftermarket service parts for these modules. The levers are modified versions of the TL-720 brake lever. They are black aluminum and have a quick release slot at the top of the lever arm. Model number TL-720 can be read on the side of the lever arm when braking action is applied.
UPDATE 04/19/2012: Images were updated by the CPSC.
NOTE: This recall was expanded in August 2012 by the CPSC.
These items were sold new+ at Authorized Specialized Bicycle Components retailers from April 2010 to February 2012. The bicycle frame modules sold for between $5,500 and $6,100. The brake levers sold for about $80 as service parts.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
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The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers should immediately stop riding bicycle frame modules equipped with TL-83 brake levers and return the levers or modules to authorized Specialized Bicycle Components retailers for free replacement brake levers.
For more information and to find the nearest authorized Specialized Bicycle Components retailer, contact Specialized customer service between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday at (877)808-8154 or visit the firm's website at www.specialized.com
Incidents & Injuries
Specialized is aware of one incident worldwide in which the rider lost the function of both brakes. The firm has received no reports of injury or property damage.
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available in the CPSC recall announcement.
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