Fuji Recalls Women’s Cruiser Bicycles due to Fall Hazard

altOn February 21st, 2012, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Advanced Sports, Inc., announced a voluntary recall of their Fuji Saratoga women’s cruiser bicycles due to a fall hazard.

What do you need to know about this Recall?

The recalled bicycles are Fuji women’s cruiser bicycles. Consumers should be aware that the bicycle’s frame can break in the center of the downtube during use, causing the rider to lose control and fall. The 2008 through 2010 models Saratoga 1.0, Saratoga 2.0, Saratoga 3.0 and Saratoga 4.0 are included. The bicycles are various colors. “Fuji” and “Saratoga” alone or “Saratoga” along with the model number is printed on the frame of the bicycle. Serial numbers beginning with ICFJ7, ICFJ8, ICFJ9, ICFJ10 and ICFJ11 are included in this recall. The serial number is located on the bottom of the frame near the crank.

Approximately 10,500 of these bicycles were sold at specialty bicycle stores nationwide from November 2007 through December 2011 for between $300 and $500 and they were manufactured in China.

As of February 21st, 2012, the company is aware of 12 reports of bicycle frames breaking, including two injuries, a head laceration requiring 20 stitches and scrapes and bruises.

What should you do if you own one of these products?

Consumers should stop riding the recalled bicycle immediately and return it to any authorized Fuji Bicycle dealers for a free replacement frame.

For additional information, consumers should contact Advanced Sports Inc. toll-free at (888) 286-6263 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the company’s website at www.fujibikes.com.

Further general and updated information about this recall can also be obtained from the CPSC website.