Salsa Cycles is recalling about 1,100 bicycle racks because they can break and cause riders to crash. Yesterday, the company, along with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, announced the recall of Salsa's "Minimalist" bicycle racks after receiving reports of breakage causing rider injuries. When mounted on the front of the bicycle, "The L-shaped mounting straps used to attach the bicycle rack to the front of the bicycle can break and cause the rack to fall while the bicycle is in use," according to a press release. Certainly a front rack loaded with panniers or perhaps a 12 pack that suddenly fails could result in a scary situation for the rider. The racks sold nationwide for about $80.
If you have one of these racks on your bike stop using it and contact an authorized Salsa dealer for inspection, re-mounting or a refund.