Last week it was carbon framesets, now the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with FSA and Specialized, has announced voluntary recalls of Full Speed Ahead's Scatto quick releases, and Specialized's Allez Sport, Allez Elite, Roubaix, and Sequoia road bikes.

CPSC recalls FSA QRs and Specialized roadbikes


Name of product: Full Speed Ahead (FSA) Scatto bicycle wheel quick releases

Units: About 1,375 sets

Manufacturer: Full Speed Ahead, Inc. of Woodinville, Washington

Hazard: An internal part in the lever mechanism can break, reducing clamping effectiveness and rendering the unit inoperable, potentially causing a bicyclist to fall.

Incidents/Injuries: There have been 12 reports of the quick release mechanism failing, but no injuries have been reported.

Description: The Full Speed Ahead Scatto quick release was sold as standard equipment for RD-400 and XC-300 bicycle wheelsets and also separately. The levers are laser etched "FSA" and the end pieces have a distinctive round shape.

Sold at: Bike shops, catalogues, and web sites sold the recalled quick releases nationwide from October 2003 through September 2004 for $49.95 per set.

Manufactured in: Taiwan

Remedy: Free replacement.


NOTE: this is a US recall only. The models below have not been delivered to UK bike shops yet. "All of these models will be re-worked and correct prior to being delivered in the UK," said Specialized’s UK general manager, Richard Hemington. "This will begin with the Allez Sports as early as next week."

Name of product: Allez Sport, Allez Elite, Roubaix, and Sequoia Bicycles

Units: About 1500

Manufacturer: Specialized Bicycle Components Inc., of Morgan Hill, Calif.

Hazard: The handlebar may loosen and turn unexpectedly, which can cause the rider to lose control and fall.

Incidents/Injuries: Specialized has received two reports of the handlebars loosening. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled handlebars were sold on the 2005 Allez Sport, 2005 Allez Elite, 2005 Roubaix (base model) and 2005 Sequoia (base model) bicycles. The model names are on the frame of the handlebar.

Sold at: Specialized retailers from July 2004 through August 2004 for between $900 and $1,600.

Manufactured in: Taiwan

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the bicycles with these recalled handlebars and return the recalled handlebars to the place of purchase for replacement handlebars.

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