The importer of Tern Folding Bicycles is recalling about 650 bikes in the United States and 20 in Canada because the bike’s frame can crack at the hinge on the top tube and pose a fall hazard.


No incidents or injuries have been reported in the United States, according to Stile Products Inc. of Lakewood, CA, which imports Tern bikes to the United States. However, Tern has received 11 reports of the bicycle frames cracking including five reports of minor scrapes and bruises from outside of the United States. U.S. and Canadian consumers are being advised to immediately stop using the bicycles and contact Stile Products or take the bike to an authorized dealer. Consumers will receive a free replacement frame and have it installed at no cost or they can upgrade their bike to one of three designated models at an additional cost.


The bikes were sold by dealers nationwide between November, 2011 and April, 2014 for between $600 and $1,250. They were manufactured in Jiangsu, China by Taicang A&I Medical Appliances.


The recall involves Link Uno, Link D7i, Link D8, Link P9, Link P7i, and Link P24h models of Tern brand adult folding bikes.

These six models were sold in black/blue, black/green, black/grey, black/red dark grey/light grey, grey/orange and white/pink color combinations. “Tern” is printed on the front end of the top tube and on other portions of the frame. The model name is printed on the middle of the top tube. Recalled bicycles have a 10-character alphanumeric serial number that begin with either AI1133 through AI1137 or AI1151 through AI1213 stamped on the bottom bracket shell of the bike. An alphanumeric service tag number is located on the front of the seat tube and this number can be used to determine if the bicycle is affected by going to the firm's website.