Product Recall Alert: Cervélo and Caledonia-5 Bikes recalled due to risks posed by handlebars
The Office of Product Safety and Standards has announced a recall of 15 models of bicycles and bicycle components due to the risk of injury posed by unsafe handlebars.
Posted on 18 January 2023
It has been found that the handlebars on the bicycles are at risk of slipping, even when at recommended stem bolt torque levels. This has been reported to happen when a significant vertical load is applied. This poses a risk to the rider of losing control of the bicycle and possibly falling. There have been reports of at least 13 bicycles suffering this fault with at least one injury reported.
The models recalled are as follows:
- R5 Dura Ace Di2 in Five Black
- R5 Red eTap AXS in Five Black
- R5 Force eTap ACS in Lime and Black
- R5 Force eTap AXS in Five Black
- R5 Ultegra Di2 in Lime and Black
- R5 Ultegra Di2 in Five Black
- R5 Framset in Five Black
- R5 Frameset in Lime and Black
- R5 Frameset in Jumbo-Visma Replica
- Caledonia-5 Dura Ace Di2 in Oasis
- Caledonia-5 Red eTap AXS in Five Black
- Caledonia-5 Frameset in Aqua Pearl
- Caledonia-5 Frameset in Five Black
- Caledonia-5 Frameset in Oasis
- ST31 LT Stem in Black
Owners of affected models are being asked to stop riding the bicycle immediately and contact an authorised dealer to arrange for the bicycle to be repaired.
The product safety team at Leigh Day act in a number of cases where people have sustained catastrophic injuries resulting from unsafe bicycle components. Product safety solicitor, Philippa Wheeler, has commented on the recall as follows:
“These recalls are the latest in a large number of recent bicycle recalls resulting from unsafe components. As a cyclist myself, I know it is important to be able to trust the bicycle you are riding is safe. Bicycles should be thoroughly tested before being brought to the market to ensure that they are safe to ride.”