Specialized Bicycle Components Inc. is recalling 110,000 bicycle headlights and taillights because they can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards. The recall includes Specialized Flux and Stix Sport and Comp model bike lights, which were sold separately as aftermarket equipment. They have rechargeable batteries with USB ports. No injuries have been reported, but Specialized has received four reports of Flux headlights or taillights overheating and two reports of Stix headlights expanding and bursting.
The affected lights were made in Taiwan and sold by authorized Specialized retailers nationwide and online at www.specialized.com from June 2014 through February 2016 for between $30 and $275, depending on the model. Description:
- Flux headlights have a round, metal mounting system that fits both flat and drop handlebars. “Flux” is printed on the side of the black, rectangular-shaped lights and on the bottom of the pewter-colored aluminum casing.
- Flux taillights have a pewter-colored base with a 110-lumen light on the top. They mount on 27.2 mm, 30.9 mm and Venge seat posts. The Specialized logo is printed on top of the taillights. They have a sensor to boost output in flash mode during the daytime.
- Stix headlights are black with a 70-lumen light (Stix Sport) or a 105-lumen light (Stix Comp). They mount on handlebars between 22.2 mm and 35 mm in diameter. Stix is printed in white letters on the end of the headlight.
Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled headlights and taillights and return them for a free repair or replacement. Flux Headlights will be repaired with a firmware upgrade, while Flux and Stix models will be exchanged for new lights.