Profile Design recalls bicycle handlebar stems

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The handlebar stems can corrode and break, causing a loss of control

Profile Design of Carson, Calif., is recalling about 9,835 Cobra S bicycle handlebar stems sold in the U.S. and Canada.

The handlebar stems can corrode and break, causing the rider to lose control and crash.

The firm has received at least 10 reports of the handlebar stems corroding and breaking, including one report of an injury to a rider who lost control.

This recall involves Profile Design Cobra S carbon-wrapped black handlebar stems sold individually and as original equipment on the following Fuji, Jamis and Scott bicycle models: Fuji 2009 D-6 Pro, Fuji 2010 D-6 Pro, Fuji 2010 D-6 Matt Reed, Jamis 2010 Xenith T2, Scott 2008 CR1 Plasma LTD (model# 209562), Scott 2009 Plasma Premium (model # 212052) and Scott 2010 Plasma Premium (model # 215722).

The stems were sold in seven lengths or sizes including 60 mm, 70 mm, 80 mm, 90 mm, 100 mm, 110 mm and 120 mm.

“Profile Design” and “Cobra S” are printed in white on the black handlebar stems. Only black stems are included in this recall.

The handlebar stems, manufactured in Taiwan, were sold at independent bicycle stores nationwide from January 2007, through December 2013, for about $200 for the stem sold individually and between $2,000 and $6,000 for bicycles sold with the stems as original equipment.

What to do

Consumers should immediately stop using bicycles with the recalled handlebar stems and contact Profile Design for instructions to receive a free replacement stem.

Consumers may contact Profile Design toll-free at 888-800-5999 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PT) Monday through Friday or online at and click on “Recall Notices” for more information.

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