Charlotte Bicycle Law and Safety Alert: Recall of Shimano Mountain Bike Handlebar Stems because of Fall Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of 300 mountain bicycle handlebar stems. Bolts holding the front plate of the stem to the stem body can be pulled out of the threads while the bike is being ridden, causing the cyclist to lose control of the bike and fall.  One injury has been reported to date.

This recall involves PRO Atherton direct mount bicycle handlebar stems with the model number PRSS0049 and supplied from October 2009 to November 2010. REI, bicycle specialty stores and dealers nationwide from October 2009 to November 2010 for about $120.

Cyclists should stop using this product immediately. For further information on the recall, including information on how to find the model number, see the U.S. Consumer Product Safety’s notice at


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