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Salsa Recalls 8,600 CroMoto Stems

Published February 26, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Salsa Cycles recalled 8,600 CroMoto SUL Salsa threadless and quill stems on Thursday due to a defect that can cause the part to break.

In a letter to retailers, Salsa brand manager Jason Boucher said Salsa had received two reports of a stem breaking in use, one in which the rider crashed and suffered a broken wrist.

The stems were painted to match and spec’d as original equipment on Salsa La Cruz, Casseroll Singlespeed, Casseroll Triple, El Mariachi and Ala Carte complete bikes sold by Quality Bicycle Products, Salsa’s parent company, from Nov. 5, 2007 to Dec. 31, 2008. The QBP part numbers are BK0050 to BK0081.

The recall also includes road and mountain aftermarket stems in all extensions and rises, except the 60, 70 and 80 millimeter extension lengths. Aftermarket stems were painted black and were sold by QBP from March 31, 2008 to Dec. 31, 2008 with part numbers SM0001 through SM0028.

Retailers should stop selling the stems immediately, Boucher said. Production of the stems in Taiwan has been suspended and because replacements are not available, QBP is providing dealers with a $65 credit so consumers can purchase a comparable stem.

Salsa has set up a Website, with photos of the affected stems and a complete list of part numbers. Also on the site, retailers can download a poster to hang in their shop to notify consumer of the recall.

“We deeply regret any inconvenience this may have caused you or your customers, and sincerely appreciate your cooperation with our recall effort,” Boucher said in the letter. “If you have any questions about the recall or need to request a credit or make a return, please call (877) 774-6208.”

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