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Multiple Manufactures Recall Bicycles with Front Disc Brake Issues

Author Chelcy Williams

13 manufactures and distributors have recalled about 1.3 million bicycles due to crash hazard.

Details of the Mass Bicycle Recall

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an open quick release lever on the bicycle’s front wheel hub can come into contact with the front disc brake rotor causing the front wheel to come to a sudden stop or separate from the bicycle, posing a risk of injury to the rider.

Three incidents reported in connection with the faulty disc brakes resulting in sudden stop of the bicycle. An adult male suffered a broken finger, a wrist injury, a shoulder injury and abrasions. 

Consumers should stop using the bicycles immediately and contact the recalling company for free installation of a new quick release on the front wheel.

Models Affected by the Bicycle Recall

This recall involves bicycles equipped with front disc brakes and a black or silver quick-release (QR) lever on the front wheel hub. 

Recalled bicycles were sold at bicycle stores nationwide from about 1998 through 2015 for between $200 and $10,000.

The recalled bicycles include the following companies, brands, and model years:

  • Accell North America       
    • 2004-2015 Diamondback
    • 2004-2015 Raleigh 
  • Advanced Sports International
    • 2005-2015 Breezer
    • 2005-2015 Fuji
    • 2005-2015 SE
  • Cycling Sports Group Inc.
    • 1998-2015 Cannodale
    • 1998-2015 GT 
  • Felt Racing LLC
    • 2006-2015 Felt
  • G. Joannou Cycle Co. Inc.
    • 2005-2015 Jamis
  • Giant Bicycle Inc.
    • 2003-2004 Giant 
  • Haro Bikes
    • 2000-2015 Haro
  • LTP Sports Group Inc.
    • 2000-2015 Norco 
  • Performance Bicycle Inc,
    • 2009-2015 Access 
  • Quality Bicycle Products
    • 2008-2012 Civia Cycles
  • Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI)
    • 2002-2015 Novara
  • Ridley Bikes
    • 2014-2015 Ridley
  • Specialized Bicycle Components Inc.
    • 2002-2015 Specialized 

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How to Follow-Up on a Vehicle Recall

Author Nick Slovikoski

It seems like a new vehicle is recalled every day for varying reasons. A quick check of the evening news can confirm this. Just this year, Honda (airbags), Jeep (brakes), and General Motors (ignition switches) have issued mass recalls of popular vehicles.

NHTSA Streamlines Recall Process

CBS News, last year reached a record high for recalls, with numbers reaching 64 million. This is mostly a product of General Motor’s ignition switch recall, which affected over 27 million vehicles and is blamed for 124 deaths. This year has seen 32 million recalls, the second most ever.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been receiving heat for being too lenient on defective vehicles, and they have responded to these critics. The NHTSA has made great strides in holding manufacturers responsible for recalls. Just this week the NHTSA fined Takata, manufacturer of airbags that can explode and spew shards of metal, $70 million with an option to raise to $200 million if the company does not respond accordingly

This tougher policy has been largely attributed the NHTSA’s new administrator, Mark Rosekind. Safety advocate Joan Claybrook, a former head of the NHTSA herself, told CBS “They are doing a whole lot better. The new administrator, Mark Rosekind, has a different, tougher attitude toward enforcement."

What to Do if You Believe Your Vehicle Has Been Recalled

  • So, what should you do if one of these recalls affects your vehicle? Most issues can be fixed with a simple service visit to your local dealer when parts become available. If a recall should affect your vehicle, take the following steps:
  • Double-check that your individual car, SUV or pickup really included in the recall. Some recalls cover only part of the vehicles produced in a given model year. NHTSA provides a search engine in which consumers can check for recalls using their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). You can find the VIN on your state registration document or at the base of the windshield on the driver's side in most cars. 
  • Look for an official, written notification from the auto company. This is your official notification that your vehicle is recalled. If you are not the original owner of the vehicle or moved, you may not receive this letter. In this case, print the NHTSA report and bring it to your local dealer.
  • Schedule a free repair with any dealership of your brand. (The auto company pays the dealership to make the repair). When you make the appointment, give the scheduler the number of your recall along with your VIN number.

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GE Recalls 35,000 Air Conditioning and Heating Units

Author Chelcy Williams

GE has issued a recall for roughly 33,500 heating and air conditioning units due to a fire hazard.

About the GE Air Conditioner Recall

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that if the vent is continuously operated with the vent door open, moisture can accumulate around the unit’s heater. This along with two shorted electrical components can create a electrical and fire hazard.

There have been three reports of smoke and fire associated with the units which have resulted in about $30,000 of property damage. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported.

Consumers should contact GE to schedule a free repair. 

Description of the Recall Air Conditioner Units

Information below provided by the CPSC:

  • This recall involves GE Zoneline Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (PTAC)
  • The recalled units were sold at GE authorized dealers from January 2010 through December 2013 for between $1,000 and $1,200.
  • The GE logo is affixed to the control panel door. Units with the following models are included in this recall:
    • AZ40E09E
    • AZ41E07E
    • AZ41E09E
    • AZ41E12E
    • AZ41E15E
    • AZ61H07E
    • AZ61H09E
    • AZ61H12E
    • AZ61H15E
  • Affected units will include serial numbers beginning with AT, AV, AZ, DT, DV, DZ, FT, FV, FZ, GS, GT, GV, GZ, HT, HV, HZ, LT, LV, LZ, MT, MV, MZ, RT, RV, RZ, ST, SV, SZ, TT, TV, TZ,  VS, VT, VV, VZ, ZS,  ZT,  ZV, ZZ.

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