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Consumer product recall

Profile Design Recalls Bicycle Handlebar Stems

Starting date:
May 9, 2017
Posting date:
May 9, 2017
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Fall Hazard
General Public
Identification number:

Joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and Profile Design, LLC (USA)

Affected products

Cobra S Handlebar Stem

Product description

This recall involves the Profile Design "Cobra S" carbon-wrapped handlebar stem. These stems were sold individually and as original equipment on the following bicycle models:

  • 2009  Kestrel  Talon SL Tri Ultegra;
  • 2009  Kestrel  Evoke SL;
  • 2009  Kestrel  Airfoil Pro SL;
  • 2009  Kestrel Talon SL;
  • 2010  Kestrel  Talon SL Tri- Ultegra;
  • 2010  Kestrel  Talon Tri- Force;
  • 2010  Kestrel  Talon Road SL;
  • 2010  Kestrel  Airfoil Pro SL / Airfoil Pro SL (650c);
  • 2010  Kestrel 4000 SL;
  • 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 the following seven lengths or sizes: 60mm, 70mm, 80mm, 90mm, and 100mm, 110 mm and 120 mm.

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

Hazard identified

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

As of May 9, 2017, the company has received no reports of incidents in Canada, and no reports of injuries.

In the United States, the company has received at least 10 reports of the bicycle handlebar stems corroding and breaking, including one report of an injury to a rider when the bicycle stem broke causing the rider to lose control.

Number sold

Approximately 135 units of the affected products were sold in Canada and approximately 9,700 were sold in the United States.

Time period sold

The affected products were sold from January 2007 to December 2013 in both Canada and the United States.

Place of origin

Manufactured in Taiwan.


Outdoor Gear Canada
Profile Design LLC

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What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the stem and contact Profile Design for a replacement.

For more information, contact Profile Design toll-free at 888-800-5999 from 9am to 5pm PST Monday to Friday or online and click on "Recall Notices" at the bottom of the page for more information.

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission's website.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. You can visit this site for more information on other international consumer product recalls.