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SRAM expands brake recall

Less than a week after SRAM announced a voluntary recall of a limited numberof Force frontbrake calipers, the company has expanded the recall to include rearcalipers. The expansion is due to incorrect grain structure in the titaniumused to manufacturer the caliper mounting bolts of both front and rearbrakes.SRAM urges consumers not to ride a bicycle equipped with the affectedbrakes. The mounting bolt can fail causing the brake caliper to detachfrom the frame of fork.SRAM assures its partners that the issue has been corrected and thatit has ended its relationship with the suspect supplier. The

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By Matt Pacocha

Less than a week after SRAM announced a voluntary recall of a limited numberof Force frontbrake calipers, the company has expanded the recall to include rearcalipers. The expansion is due to incorrect grain structure in the titaniumused to manufacturer the caliper mounting bolts of both front and rearbrakes.SRAM urges consumers not to ride a bicycle equipped with the affectedbrakes. The mounting bolt can fail causing the brake caliper to detachfrom the frame of fork.SRAM assures its partners that the issue has been corrected and thatit has ended its relationship with the suspect supplier. The problem affectsroughly 10,000 Force brake calipers and does not affect the Rival group.The recall expansion does not include any brake calipers manufactured outsideof the date range previously reported.Date Codes/Range Affected
• No date code
• Original date code range: 01JUNE06 to 15SEPT06 (date code indicatedproduction day, month and year)
• Current date code range: 35T6XXXXXXX to 39T6XXXXXXX (first two digitsindicate week of production, 2006)“The expanded recall is motivated by additional metallurgical analysiscoupled with one failed rear mounting bolt,” said Michael Zellmann SRAM’smedia and PR manager. “It’s essentially a bad batch of titanium.”SRAM will replace any Force caliper that was produced during the affectedmanufacturing period. Consumers are instructed to contact their dealeror place of purchase for replacement.