Renthal has received 22 reports of handlebars cracking. No injuries were reported, but broken handlebars pose a serious crash hazard.
Renthal Gen 1 handlebars have a 40-mm tube with a black clamp and the product was launched in 2009. Renthal Gen 2 handlebars have a 20-mm tube and the product was launched in 2014.
According to information provided by Renthal:
The material they are made from is susceptible to Stress Corrosion Cracking. We have seen this failure mode in the market place and we need to recall this product to prevent risk of injury to our customers.”
Stress Corrosion Cracking (SCC) is caused by a combination of mechanical “tensile” stresses and an aggressively corrosive environment.
About 3,000 of the clip-on handlebars were sold at Renthal motorcycle dealers nationwide from April 2009 to July 2017 for about $215. They were made in the U.K. and distributed in the U.S. by Tucker Rocky Corporation Inc. of Fort Worth, Texas, and LeMans Corp. of Janesville, Wisconsin.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled handlebars and contact Renthal for a free replacement. For more information,call Renthal toll-free at 877-736-8425 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday or online at www.RenthalRoad.com and click “Clip-on Recall” in the middle of the page.