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Specialized Recalls Certain 2009 MTBs

Published April 21, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Specialized, has issued a voluntary recall of about 14,000 mountain bikes from the 2009 model year.

The handlebars can break, posing a fall hazard to the rider.

Specialized has received two reports of the handlebar breaking during use, one of which caused a rider to suffer head trauma which resulted in unconsciousness and a puncture wound to the arm.

This recall involves HL handlebars on the following 2009 Specialized bicycles: Cross Trail Comp, Myka HT Comp, Myka HT Elite, Rockhopper, Rockhopper Comp and Rockhopper Comp 29. The model number of the HL handlebar is ALR-13 NTFOV and is located underneath the right hand grip of the handlebar.

These bikes were sold by authorized dealers nationwide from June 2008 through February 2009 for between $640 and $1,050. They were all manufactured in China.

Consumers should immediately stop riding these bicycles and contact a Specialized authorized dealer for a free replacement handlebar.

For additional information, please contact Specialized toll-free at (877) 808-8154 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.specialized.com.

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