Any regular reader of TreeHugger knows we are passionate advocates for bicycles, and that we also have certain penchant for folding bikes, due to their extra versatility. So it was with a heavy heart that we noticed that U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have announced a voluntary recall of a very popular brand of folding bicycle -- Dahon (along with REI's Novara branded folding bikes.)
Not the news we like to see, especially during Bike To Work week
Check below for a list of 2008 models, to see if you need to return your Dahon or REI Novara to your local dealer for "a free inspection and repair." Until checked out, the CPSC recommend "Consumers should immediately stop riding these bicycles ..."Apparently the issue is that "The hinge on the handlepost can crack, posing a fall hazard." The CPSC indicate that "There have been 25 reports of the handlepost hinge on these bicycles cracking, including one minor injury involving scrapes and bruises."
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the models affected have been on sale from March 2008 through April 2009, with about 11,500 having been sold, and by model are: -
From Dahon: Ciao P8, Curve D3, Curve SL, Glide P8, Jetstream P8, Mu P8, Mu P24, MU SL, Mu XL Sport, Vitesse D7 HG, Speed D7, Speed P8, Speed TR, Speed Pro TT, and Mariner D7
From REI: Novara Buzz FlyBy and FlyBy Shuttle
It is important to note that this recall does not apply to all Dahon/Novara folders. For instance, check the image above showing that bikes with the 'Radius handlebar' sticker and/or marking aren't effected by this recall
Nor does it apply to all types of folding bikes. Given the right conditions, such as potholes and stormwater drains, even fixed framed bicycles can suffer acute mechanical failure. As with any device it is important to check that it safe to use as intended.
Check this report for more information:: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission via Tipster John L.