About 12,000 bicycles are being recalled by Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc. over parts that can potentially break off and cause riders to fall and injure themselves.
The company made the announcement on Tuesday in conjunction with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and stated that the part affected it the front fork, which can break off, reports Bloomberg Bussinessweek.
Specialized Bicycle Components has received four reports of the problem which have resulted in facial fractures, head and shoulder injuries, and cuts.
Included in the bicycle recall are some 2008 and 2009 models of Globe bicycles for both men and women. The included models are: Globe Elite, Globe Sport, Globe Sport Disc, Globe Centrum Comp, Globe Centrum Elite, Globe City 6, Globe Vienna 3, Globe Vienna 3 Disc, Globe Vienna 4, Globe Vienna Deluxe 3, Globe Vienna Deluxe 4, Globe Vienna Deluxe 5, and Globe Vienna Deluxe 6 bicycles.
The bikes were sold in the US between July 2007 and July 2012. CNN notes that the bicycle fork is the component used to hold the front wheel and allows the rider to steer the bike.
In their statement, Specialized Bicycle Components added that riders should stop riding the affected bikes immediately at the risk of further injuries.
The faulty bicycle forks were manufactured by Kinesis in China and are mostly found on the Globe model, but the company recommended that riders double-check their forks, just to make sure. The bicycles were sold in many colors including gun, silver, black, khaki, navy, bone, blue, charcoal, burgundy, and gold. The brand name, Specialized, is written on the lower frame tube.
Riders who own one of the recalled bicycles will be able to take it to any authorized Specialized retailer for a no-cost installation of a free replacement fork.