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Tech News – January 15, 2009

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Giant issues recall for 2009 TCR Advanced SL road bikes and frames

By James Huang

Giant has issued a voluntary recall in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for 2009 model year TCR Advanced SL and TCR Advanced SL ISP bikes and frames. According to the official recall notice, the carbon steerer tubes may crack or fail completely although Giant reports just a single cracked fork reported to date with no associated injuries.

About 1000 bikes and frames are affected by the recall, all of which were sold in the U.S. between August 2008 and December 2008. Specific models recalled are the 2009 TCR Advanced SL Team, SL 1, SL 2, and SL (ISP) bikes and frames. Fork steerer tubes are directly stamped with the serial number and “B”, “N”, and “P” suffixes are not included in the recall. Other TCR models are also not included in the notice.

Consumers are advised to discontinue use of the affected bikes and frames immediately and to contact their local Giant dealer for an inspection and replacement fork, which will provided free of charge.

Additional information can be obtained at either the CPSC or Giant Bicycles

Giant has also set up a recall hotline at (866) 458-2555.