9/23/11 (AEIN) Two companies recalled over one-hundred thousand bicycles in the United States on Thursday due to serious safety hazards. Owners can return the bikes and receive free repairs, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The larger of the two recalls involves 91 thousand bicycles sold under the NEXT brand. The models include LBH2611M2 and LBH2611M. Wal-Mart stores retailed the Chinese-made bikes for approximately $100 during early and mid 2011. At least nine bicyclists have suffered injuries after the bicycle chains broke. Owners of the recalled bicycles may contact importer Bridgeway International by calling 877-934-3228.
Another recall issued on Thursday affects around fourteen thousand Specialized brand bicycles. They were manufactured in Taiwan and sold by authorized retailers for seven-hundred to two-thousand dollars during 2010 and 2011. The recalled models include the Vita Expert, Vita Elite, Vita Comp, Vita Elite Step Thru, Sirrus Expert, Sirrus Elite, Sirrus Comp, Tricross Comp, Tricross and Tricross Sport.
The Specialized brand bicycles have an issue which can cause the carbon fork to disengage and let the brake assembly hit the wheel spokes. Owners can reach Specialized Bicycle Components by dialing 877-808-8154 during business hours (Pacific time) on a weekday.