CPSC, SRAM Corp. Announce Recall of Bicycle Chains

May 14, 1998
Release # 98-110
Company Phone Number: (888) 588-8140
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Ken Giles, (301) 504-7052

CPSC, SRAM Corp. Announce Recall of Bicycle Chains

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 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.

Picture of Recalled Item