Easton have just announced that their EA 30 stem has become subject to a voluntary recall.
The stem has passed both the EN certification and the CPS standard and is continually tested by the Easton company. However, as a result of a minor injury which occurred due to the stem malfunctioning and after internal testing highlighted some variations in the stem’s performance, Easton are now recalling the affected stems and replacing them with new stems which are stringent to even more quality controls.
The EA 30 Stem has been sold both as individually packaged items but is also common on many stock bicycle brands.
In order to find out if your stem is one of the affected ones, you will need to identify the production code – which can be found on the side of the clamp next to the lower clamp screw. The code is comprised of the calendar month (letters A – L) and the year (denoted by a single digit – 7 relates to 2007, 8 relates to 2008 etc).
The affected stems are ones which were manufactured between January 2007 and August 2009, codes A7 – H9.
Stems produced in the last week of August – marked 4H9 – and after that date are fully approved.
All effected stems are to be returned to Extra (UK) Ltd – Datamex House, Morris Close, Park Farm Ind. Est. Wellington. Northants NN8 6XF.