Bicycles Recalled by Nirve Sports Due to Fall Hazard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2010
Release #10-221
Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 296-4783
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Bicycles Recalled by Nirve Sports Due to Fall Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. 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: Chopper-style bicycles

Units: About 725 units: Red Star 100, Skulls 285 and Cannibal Chopper 340

Importer: Nirve Sports Ltd., of Huntington Beach, Calif.

Hazard: The bicycle stem on the handlebars can crack and cause the rider to lose control, posing a risk of serious fall and injury.

Incidents/Injuries: Nirve Sports has received reports of cracked handlebar stems, which all occurred during assembly of the bicycle. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves three models: Red Star, Skulls and Cannibal chopper-style bicycles with the model names printed on the chain guard. Red Star has a black finish; Skulls bear a skull graphic and come in grey and black; and Cannibal bears a dragon graphic and comes in a black finish. Serial numbers are located on the bottom of the bicycle between the pedals. The recall involves the following models, SKUs and Serial Numbers:

Name of ModelSKU#Serial Number Ranges
Red Star 3421 L8E0600576-L8E0600675
Skulls 3433 L9E0200751-L9E0200810
L9E0201891-L9E0201900
L9E0201966-L9E0201972
L9E0400061-L9E0400120
L9E0500226-L9E0500285
L9E0700641-L9E0700700
L9E0701241-L9E0701255
L9E0701301-L9E0701315
Cannibal 3434 L080405181-L080405240
L8E0901311-L8E0901370
L9E0300491-L9E0300560
L9E0202337-L9E0202344
L9E0400196-L9E0400255
L9E0601206-L9E0601265
L9E0602346-L9E0602365

Sold by: Nirve Sports showroom, online and authorized dealers nationwide from December 2008 through April 2009 for about $300 to $600.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop riding the bicycles and return them to the place of purchase for free repair.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Nirve Sports toll-free at (888) 296-4783 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.nirve.com

Picture of Recalled Red Star #3421 bicycle

Picture of Recalled Skulls #3433 bicycle

Picture of Recalled Cannibal #3434 bicycle

Example of Damage on MX-C427 Handlebar Stem Jan. 15, 2010