The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of 160 REI Equipment bicycles due to a defect in the bicycles' frame. The company said that the alloy steerer tube could separate from the fork causing the rider to lose control, posing a fall hazard to consumers.The bicycles were manufactured in Taiwan and sold at REI stores nationwide and at REI.com from November 2009 to November 2010 for $600 - $900. Consumers should immediately stop riding these bicycles and contact their local REI store or the REI customer service center to arrange for a replacement fork to be installed free of charge.The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction.As a San Francisco California Bicycle Attorney, I support bicycle safety by making the manufacturers of dangerous bicycle products accountable. I stand for protection for consumers against defective bicycles and dangerous products, and hope that by doing so, we can reduce bicycle rider injuries. Right now I have a case going against a major bicycle manufacturer for a failed steerer tube which caused some serious injuries.As an avid bicyclist myself, I have had the chance to learn about defective bicycle parts, in particular those products imported from Asia. I learned from a custom bike frame maker, Tony Ellsworth of Ellsworth Bikes that the factory parts from reputable names in Asia are good quality but it's the fast-money REI deals that sell for cheaper that are part of the problem we face with occasionally poor workmanship quality.This defective product above poses a serious risk. If you believe that you or someone you love has been hurt by a defective bicycle or bicycle part please feel free to call me or send me an email.