Reports of breaking frames has led to a recall of about 10,500 Fuji Saratoga Women’s bicycles.
The Fuji bicycle recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on February 21, after at least 12 incidents were reported involving the bicycle frames breaking.
There have been at least two injuries reported in connection to the defective bicycle frames, one of which resulted in a head injury that required 20 stitches.
According to the CPSC, the bicycle frames, manufactured in China, can break down the center of the downtube while the bikes are being ridden. This can cause the rider to lose control and fall.
The bicycle recall affects 2008 through 2010 Fuji women’s cruiser bicycles, including the Saratoga 1.0, Saratoga 2.0, Saratoga 3.0 and Saratoga 4.0. The recalled bicycles came in a variety of colors and have “Fuji” and “Saratoga” or just “Saratoga” printed on the frame of the bicycle along with the model number. The serial numbers involved with the recall, located on the bottom of the frame near the crank, start with ICFJ7, ICFJ8, ICFJ9, ICFJ10 and ICFJ11.
The recalled bicycles were sold at specialty bicycle stores nationwide from November 2007 through December 2011 and sold for between $300 and $500.
The CPSC warns consumers to stop riding the bicycles immediately and return them to any authorized Fuji Bicycle dealer for a free replacement frame. Consumers with questions can call Advanced Sports, Inc. at (888) 286-6263 or can visit the company’s website at www.fujibikes.com.