Bikes Causing Deaths: More than 11,000 Recalled

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Cannondale’s CAADX cyclocross bicycles are being recalled after multiple people were injured and one person died. Despite at least 11 instances of forks breaking on this type of bicycle, the company insists that there is no manufacturing defect at fault.

ULTRA X Bikes

Cannondale, a division of Cycling Sports Group, issued the recall for around 10,000 bicycles in America and another 2,000 in Canada. The recalled bicycles were sold for 5 years, between August 2012 and August 2017, and cost between $1000 and $2200.

The carbon ULTRA X fork seems to be at fault. You can see if your bicycle is affected by looking for the words “ULTRA X” on the inside of the fork and “CAADX” on the top tube. The models affected have disc brakes, the cables from those breaks run on the outside of the fork.

Serious Injuries and Death

“Cycling Sports Group has received reports of 11 incidents worldwide of the bicycle’s fork breaking, including five in the United States,” according to the official recall notice from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. “Seven of these incidents resulted in serious injuries, including concussions and a spinal injury, and there was one fatality.”

Despite the reported injuries, Cannondale said that an in-house review alongside a third party did not reveal a defect in the bicycles. However, given the seriousness of the claims, the company has decided to replace the forks with new, upgraded models.

The company has urged its customers to review the owner’s manual and to keep in mind that, when it comes to bicycles, “Components suffering from stress fatigue can fail suddenly and catastrophically, causing loss of control, serious injury or death.”

What to Do Next

If you own one of these bicycles, you should not ride it until the issue has been fixed. Bring your bicycle to a Cannondale dealer to get it looked at, and if it needs repair, the manufacturer will supply it free of charge.

You can call Cycling Sports Group at 1-844-370-1536 or email at custserve@cyclingsportsgroup.com for more information about this recall.