A recall, effective April 3, 2019, is in effect for 1,900 Salsa bicycles (“Warbird” and “Vaya”) due to the risk of their fork legs breaking.
The Salsa bicycles are designed to be durable and sturdy – they are meant to ride on all kinds of surfaces, including pavement, gravel, and dirt. However, Salsa owners should “immediately stop using” the recalled bicycles due to the risk of injury. Should you have one of these bikes, contact Quality Bicycle Products at 877-774-6208.
Safety has been a concern in the past with Salsa forks due to another recall. It’s at least the 4th time. In 2004, Salsa recalled approximately 500 of its Campeon bicycle forks due to the risk of cracking or breaking, “causing a sudden loss of steering control and causing a fall hazard to bicyclists.” Salsa offered to repair the forks. The recall was under the guidance of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
In 2013, Salsa Cycles recalled its bicycle forks, with the oversight of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, due to a defect which caused a potential fall hazard. Then, Salsa indicated that its forks could bend above the disc brake mount. The recall affected 1,700 forks, and Salsa either replaced the forks or refunded the consumer.
In 2014, Salsa recalled “Salsa Bearpaw Bicycle Forks” because “[t]he bicycle fork can bend or break, posing a fall hazard to the rider.” Once again, Salsa offered either a replacement fork or a refund. The recall was for 2,500 forks sold by Salsa.
In 2009, Salsa voluntarily recalled 8,600 handlebars stems, in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report due to handlebar stems cracking or breaking. Consumers were told to stop riding bicycles with the Salsa stems immediately. Again replacements were offered.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has the responsibility of protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of consumer products, including bicycles.
If you have been injured or harmed because of a defect with a bicycle or one its components, such as a fork, stem, handlebar, or other parts, please contact me for a free consultation about your legal rights.