M2Racer LLC Recalls Bicycle Headsets for Fall Hazard

July 12, 2006
Alert #06-564

 

 

M2Racer LLC Recalls Bicycle Headsets for Fall Hazard

 

The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Conventional and Integrated Lite Headsets

Units: About 150

Manufacturer: M2Racer LLC, of Burlingame, Calif.

Hazard: The headsets mount to bicycle frames and fasten to the front fork assembly. A protruding component of the headset can contact the steering tube of the front fork assembly, score or scratch the steering tube, and weaken the structural integrity of the front fork. The front fork could break, causing the handlebars to separate from the bicycle during use and result in a crash.

Incidents/Injuries: M2Racer has contacted all headset purchasers and received 21 reports of the headsets scoring the front fork assembly on consumers' bicycles. No fork failures or injuries have been reported.

Description: The headset is the component on a bicycle which provides a interface that can rotate between the bicycle fork and the bicycle frame itself. The Conventional Headset is constructed of an anodized black alloy housing, stainless steel, and polymers. The Integrated Lite Headset is constructed of a black polymer housing and light weight alloys. The Integrated Headset weighs 29 grams; the Conventional Headset weighs 39 grams.

Sold at: Bicycle shops nationwide and through the M2Racer Web site at www.m2racer.com from December 2004 through May 2006 for about $130.

Manufactured In: United States

Remedy: Consumers should stop riding bicycles with these headsets and inspect their front fork assembly for scoring damage. M2Racer will refund the purchase price of returned headsets.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact M2Racer collect at (415) 738-8186 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or by e-mail at headset@m2racer.com

 

Picture of Recalled Bicycle Headset

Conventional Headset

Conventional Headset

Integrated Headset