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May 14, 1998

Release # 98-110
CPSC: Nicolette Humphries
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1185

CPSC, SRAM Corp. Announce Recall of Bicycle Chains

CPSC, SRAM Corp. Announce Recall of Bicycle ChainsWASHINGTON, 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 Bicycles.

Giant Bicycles Schwinn Bicycles Specialized Bicycles
ATX-1100 Moab A2 Rockhopper
ATX-1200 Moab A3 Rockhopper FS
ATX-860 Moab A1 Rockhopper Comp FS
ATX-865 Moab A1-E Ground Control
ATX-870 Ground Control FSR
ATX-890 Ground Control FSR Comp
ATX-970 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.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to