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Carbon bicycle handlebars recalled because they may break while in use

Quality Bicycle Products has recalled four models of carbon bicycle handlebars that may break while the rider is using them.

The handlebars may crack at the point where the brake and shift levers are installed, according to an announcement with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. If the break happens while in use, the rider may crash the bicycle and be injured.

The recalled handlebars are the models Salsa Cowchipper, Salsa Cowbell, Whisky No. 9 12F and Whisky No. 9 24F carbon handlebars. The model name is printed on the handlebar. Those handlebars also were sold with the Salsa Cutthroat, Warbird and Warroad bikes.

Quality Bicycle Products said it has received 37 reports of the handlebars breaking while in use.

The handlebars were sold in speciality bicycle stores nationwide from January 2018 through August 2022 and complete bicycles with those handlebars were sold from August 2018 through June 2022, according to the announcement. The handlebars sold for about $240, and the complete bicycles sold for between $4,700 and $7,000.

People can have the handlebars replaced for free at bicycle retailers.

For more information, call Quality Bicycle Products at 800-346-3340, between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday; send an email to recall@qbp.com; or go to salsacycles.com and click on the recall at the top of the page or see the whiskyparts.co recall here.

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