About 10,500 Fuji Saratoga Women's Bicycles are being recalled by its importer, Advanced Sports Inc. of Philadelphia, PA. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the bicycle's frame can break in the center of the downtube during use, causing the rider to lose control and fall.
The company is aware of 12 reports of bicycle frames breaking, including two injuries, a head laceration requiring 20 stitches and scrapes and bruises. The CPSC advises consumers to stop riding the recalled bicycle immediately and return it to any authorized Fuji Bicycle dealers for a free replacement frame.
The recalled bicycles are Fuji women's cruiser bicycles, specifically the 2008 through 2010 models of Fuji's Saratoga 1.0, Saratoga 2.0, Saratoga 3.0 and Saratoga 4.0 line. "Fuji" and "Saratoga" alone or "Saratoga" along with the model number is printed on the frame of the bicycle. Serial numbers beginning with ICFJ7, ICFJ8, ICFJ9, ICFJ10 and ICFJ11 are included in this recall. (The serial number is located on the bottom of the frame near the crank.)
The women's bikes were sold in various colors at specialty bicycle stores nationwide from November 2007 through December 2011 for about $300 to $500.
For more information, consumers should contact Advanced Sports Inc. (toll-free: 888-286-6263) or visit the Fujis website at: www.fujibikes.com.