GT Issues Recall Due to Handlebar Issue
MONTREAL, Canada – GT issued a voluntary global recall due to a potential issue with handlebars on a limited number of bicycles. So far no incidents or injuries have been reported.
The issue was identified by GT during a product testing program. They found out that in certain cases, the handlebars may develop small fatigue cracks over time, which if not identified, may continue to grow larger and eventually lead to a fracture of the handlebars. If this happens, a rider could lose control of the bicycle and fall.
The bikes affected by the recall are the model year 2017 Karakoram Sport, Karakoram Comp, Aggressor Expert, Aggressor Sport, Aggressor Comp.
If the bicycle stem faceplate marking reads ‘Ø31.8 9-10N.m,’(see photo) the bicycle may be affected by this recall. GT points out that if it does not have this exact marking, the bicycle is not affected. The marking can be found on either the top or the bottom side of the stem, as pictured to the right.
Consumers are asked to stop using their bike and bring it to an authorized GT dealer to confirm if the bicycle is affected by this recall. In that case an authorized GT dealer will replace the handlebar and stem free of charge.
A step-by-step program to see which bikes are affected by the recall can be found here.