The stems may corrode and break, causing the rider to lose control and crash

Profile Design Cobra S Bicycle Handlebar Stem / Bicycle Handlebar Stems Recalled by Profile Design Due to Crash Hazard
Image: Consumer Product Safety Commission
May 10, 2017

Profile Design is recalling 9,700 bicycle handlebar stems, together with 135 sold in Canada, due to a crash hazard.

The stems can corrode and break, resulting in the rider losing control and crashing.

The recalled products include the Cobra S carbon-wrapped black handlebar stems. They were sold both individually and as original equipment on the following 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 number 209562), Scott 2009 Plasma Premium (model number 212052), and Scott 2010 Plasma Premium (model number 215722).

The stems were sold in the following seven lengths or sizes: 60mm, 70mm, 80mm, 90mm, 100mm, 110mm, and 120mm. The words Profile Design and Cobra S can be found in white printed on the black handlebar stems, which is the only stem color affected by this recall.

The stems were sold at independent bicycle retailers across the U.S. from January 2007 until December 2013. The price for the individual stems was $200, while the price for bicycles including the stem ranged from $2,000 to $6,000.

The company has gotten at least 10 reports of the stems corroding and breaking, including one report of an injury to a rider who lost control and crashed. For this reason, consumers should stop using bicycles with the affected stems immediately and contact the company to get instructions for receiving a free replacement stem.

For more information, consumers can reach Profile Design at (888) 800-5999.