Top-end Specialized road bikes have been recalled due to a stem flaw. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Specialized have issued a recall notice for 2006 models of S-Works Tarmac, Tarmac Pro, S-Works Roubaix, Roubaix Pro, Allez Pro and S-Works Transition. Consumers need to take these bikes to Specialized dealers to get stem replacements. The magnesium faceplate on the SW Carbon Stem could cause a “fall” said the CPSC and Specialized.
Hazard: The bicycle’s stem has a magnesium faceplate that holds the handlebar in place. The faceplates on the recalled stems can crack allowing the handlebar to break off the bicycle, posing a serious hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: Specialized has received five reports of the magnesium faceplate exhibiting cracks, However, no injuries have been reported.
Description and Models: The SW Carbon Stem with Magnesium Faceplate is black with the words “S-Works” and “Magnesium Faceplate” printed on it. The stems were included as original equipment on the following 2006 bicycles models: S-Works Tarmac, Tarmac Pro, S-Works Roubaix, Roubaix Pro, Allez Pro and S-Works Transition. It was also sold as an after market item under the name S-Works Advanced Composite Mag Road Stem.
Sold at: Authorized Specialized retailers from June 2005 to April 2006 as original equipment of the bicycle models referenced above or as an after market item. There are around 2,700 stems in circulation.
Remedy: Consumers should stop riding the bicycles that have the recalled stems immediately and take them to an authorized Specialized retailer for a free replacement faceplate.