According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), approximately 1,000 road bicycles are now under recall by Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc. The recalled bicycles may become dangerous if the bicycle’s rear wheel comes out of the dropout, which causes fractures in the rear triangle area and puts riders at risk of injury.
The bicycle recall specifies the 2016 Specialized S-Works Venge Vias and Venge Pro Vias road bicycles. The bicycles were sold in one of the following color combinations: black, white, red and black, white and black, and green and blue color combinations. The recalled bicycle’s downtube should feature the S-works or Specialized decal.
Before the bicycle recall was announced, Specialized Bicycle Components and CPSC learned of seven incidents involving the discovery of fractures within the bicycle’s rear triangle; however, only one of the seven resulted in a rider suffering a minor injury.
From July 2015 through September 2016, the recalled road bicycles were sold for between $6,200 and $12,9000 at authorized Specialized retailers across the nation. The recalled bicycles were manufactured in China.
Any consumer in possession of one or more of the recalled road bicycles should contact any authorized Specialized Bicycle Components dealer to receive a free installation of a new rear derailleur hanger and a safety inspection.
For more information on the road bicycle recall, contact Specialized at 800-722-4423 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or online at www.specialized.com on Safety Notices.