May 14, 1998
Release # 98-110
|CPSC: Nicolette Humphries
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1185
CPSC, SRAM Corp. Announce Recall of Bicycle
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), SRAM Corp., of
Chicago, Ill., is recalling about 25,000 Sachs bicycle chains. The chains can break,
causing the rider to lose control of the bicycle, fall and be injured.
SRAM Corp. has received nine reports of chains breaking resulting in two minor injuries,
which occurred in the United Kingdom.
The recalled chains are Sachs Power Chains (PC chains) with model numbers PC-41, PC-51,
PC-61, PC-80R and PC-91, and are stamped with the date code "F." The model
number and date code are stamped on each link of the chain, though are difficult to see.
Consumers should have their chains inspected at a local bicycle dealer to determine if
they are afffected by this recall.
These chains were sold as part of various 1998 model Giant, Schwinn and Specialized
||Rockhopper Comp FS
||Ground Control FSR
||Ground Control FSR Comp
||Ground Control FSR extreme
Bicycle dealers nationwide sold the bicycles using these chains between July 1997 and May
1998 for about $250 to $2,000. Chains also were sold separately during this period through
dealers for about $15 to $45.
Consumers should stop using the bicycles which might be equipped with these chains
immediately, and arrange to have a free inspection of their chain by a local bicycle
dealer. Bicycles with recalled chains will have their chains replaced free of charge. For
the location of the nearest dealer, consumers should call SRAM at (888) 588-8140 between 8
a.m. and 5 p.m. CDT Monday through Friday. Recorded information about this recall can be
accessed at this number anytime.
SRAM Corp. purchased Sachs Bicycle Components in November 1997.
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