Specialized has issued a voluntary recall of 12,000 Globe model city bikes following four reported incidents of fork failure. The failures resulted in facial fractures, head and shoulder injuries and cuts, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recall notice.
The unsafe forks, which were manufactured by Kinesis, are found on 2008 and 2009 model-year Globe bikes and were sold at authorized Specialized dealers from July 2007 to July 2012 for between $550 and $1,100.
Affected models include the Globe Elite, Globe Sport, Globe Sport Disc, Globe Centrum Comp, Globe Centrum Elite, Globe City 6, Globe Vienna 3, Globe Vienna 3 Disc, Globe Vienna 4, Globe Vienna Deluxe 3, Globe Vienna Deluxe 4, Globe Vienna Deluxe 5 and Globe Vienna Deluxe 6.
Globe bikes are designed for transportation and leisure riding, with upright riding positions and a wide range of drivetrain, carrying capacity and geometry options. The line has been completely updated since the end of the recall period.
Specialized and the CPSC are advising owners to stop riding affected bikes immediately and return them to an authorized Specialized retailer for the free installation of a free replacement fork. Consumers can also contact Specialized toll free at (877) 808-8154 from 8-5 p.m. Pacific, Monday through Friday, or visit the company’s website.