Merida has announced a product recall of 2017 Scultura CF2 forks on the grounds of customer safety.
The Taiwan-based company said in a press release: "We deeply regret this recall, but the safety of our customers is our main priority."
The compant continued: "Selected models of the carbon fork might break under stress and could cause crashes, serious injuries and even death.
"It is ESSENTIAL that the fork will be replaced and the bike should not be continued to be ridden or used under any circumstance."
The forks in question were used in the following 2017 models:
SCULTURA CF2 RIM version MY17
MY17 SCULTURA 4000
MY17 SCULTURA 4000-Juliet
MY17 SCULTURA 5000
MY17 SCULTURA 6000
MY17 SCULTURA Special Edition
SCULTURA CF2 DISC version MY17
MY17 SCULTURA Disc 200
MY17 SCULTURA Disc 400
MY17 SCULTURA Disc 400-Juliet
MY17 SCULTURA Disc 500
MY17 SCULTURA Disc 4000
MY17 SCULTURA Disc 4000-Juliet
MY17 SCULTURA Disc 5000
MY17 SCULTURA Disc 6000
The company added: "The corresponding 2018 models are not affected."
If you own a Merida bike and are unsure whether or not the fork on it might be subject to the recall, you should contact the dealer you bought it from or the company.
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