July 17, 2001

Supergo Corp., Announces Recall of Bicycle Components

 

Supergo Corp., of Santa Monica, Calif., is voluntarily recalling 125 "PAZZAZ" ATB-98 carbon fiber-wrapped aluminum riser mountain bicycle handlebars and 199 pairs of "PAZZAZ" carbon fiber mountain bicycle "bar ends." The handlebars can crack and break, causing the rider to lose control of the bicycle, fall and suffer serious injuries. The carbon fiber wrap on the handlebar can hide cracking of the aluminum handlebar underneath the carbon. The carbon fiber bar ends can become detached from the aluminum clamp during riding causing the rider to lose control and crash. Supergo has received two reports of handlebars breaking and one report of a handlebar cracking. The firm has received two reports of bar ends detaching. There are no reports of injuries.

The bar ends were sold separately and can be bolted on to the end of most mountain bicycle handlebars to assist in climbing. The handlebars are about 23.5-inches long (unless cut by the user) with a .75-inch rise from the clamp to the grips. "PAZZAZ" is written in white letters under each handle grip area. About 6.75 inches from the right end of the handlebar a logo reads "PZ & Company," and about 6.75 inches from the left end of the handlebar a logo reads "PAZZAZ FIBER." The bar ends have a black carbon fiber grip area about 3-inches long with a glossy finish. The carbon fiber section has a logo, which reads "PAZZAZ FIBER" in white letters, and the clamp is polished aluminum. Supergo stores in California and Chandler, Arizona sold the handlebars from June 2000 through May 2001 for about $39. Supergo stores sold the bar ends in California and Chandler, Arizona from July 2000 through May 2001 for about $25. Supergo also sold the bar ends nationwide through mail order.

Consumers should stop using bicycles with these recalled handlebars and bar ends immediately. The firm is offering a refund or a free replacement aluminum handlebar, which will be installed at Supergo stores. For bar ends, Supergo is offering a refund. For more information, call Supergo at (800) 326-2453 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or go to Supergo's web site at http://www.supergo.com/.