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Tern recalls about 1,700 folding bikes because of frame concerns

Published June 25, 2014

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Tern is recalling about 1,700 Tern Link folding bikes worldwide because of some frame failures.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Tern has received 11 reports of the frames cracking, including five frame failures that resulted in minor scrapes and bruises. All the incidents occurred outside the U.S.

According to the CPSC, the recall involves about 650 bikes sold in the U.S. and about 20 sold in Canada.

The bikes under recall are early production Link OCL frames produced in China in 2011 and early 2012. Models include Link D8, Link P9, Link P24h, Link D7i, Link P7i, Link D24 and Link Uno. 

"There have been a small number of incidents of frame failure," said Amanda Uy, Tern's service manager. "After looking at the broken frames, we decided it would be best to recall specific batches of the frames produced by the factory with the problem."

Recalled bicycles have a 10-character alphanumeric serial number that begins with either AI1133 through AI1137 or AI1151 through AI1213 stamped on the bottom bracket shell of the bike. 

Consumers with a Link model under recall with an "AI" serial number  should stop riding and contact their local Tern dealer to confirm if their bike is included in the recall. Consumers can also visit ternbicycles.com for information.

Consumers with affected bikes will be provided a replacement frame at no charge or they can upgrade their bike to one of three designated models at an additional cost.

The bikes were sold in the U.S. from November 2011 to April 2014 for between $600 and $1,250. According to the CPSC, they were manufactured by Taicang A&I Medical Appliances Co. of Jiangsu, China, and distributed by Stile Products Inc. of Lakewood, Calif.

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