Cycling company Shimano is recalling some 760,000 bicycle cranksets in the United States and Canada due to the risk of a crash resulting in multiple injuries.
The now-recalled crank parts may separate and break, possibly causing accidents, according to an advisory issued Thursday by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. More than 4,500 crankset separation incidents and six injuries have been reported in the United States to date, including bone fractures, joint displacements and lacerations.
The company reported that 80,000 units of the affected product were sold in Canada between January 2012 and August 2023. Approximately 450 warranty claims have been filed in Canada and no injuries have been reported in the country, according to Health Canada.
The recall affects Shimano Ultegra FC-6800, Dura-Ace FC-9000, Ultegra FC-R8000, Dura-Ace FC-R9100 and FC-R9100P 11-speed Bonded Hollowtech Road cranksets that were manufactured in Japan before July 2019.
The cranksets were sold both individually and on bikes sold by other companies, including Trek and Specialized, regulators said.
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Consumers can identify recalled crank parts by their production date and two-letter codes. In the United States, where about 680,000 pedal boards are being recalled, the products were sold in stores nationwide between January 2012 and August of this year.
Owners of the recalled cranksets are urged to stop using them immediately and contact an authorized Shimano dealer for inspection, the CPSC said. Only cranksets showing signs of bond separation or delamination will be applicable for free replacement and installation.
Affected consumers will be able to bring their bikes to participating retailers from October 1, Shimano said on its website.
“Shimano will replace any cranks that fail the inspection process,” the company wrote in a statement released Thursday. “There is no need to take any further action for cranks that pa*s the inspection process.”
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