September 11, 2009

SRAM bicycle chains recalled

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of SRAM bicycle chains and connector links due to a fall hazard.

About 24,000 10-speed bicycle chains with PowerLock connector links were imported from Portugal by SRAM LLC of Chicago, Ill., and sold nationwide from January 2009 through August 2009.

The connector links were sold separately for about $5. With bicycle chains, the recalled links sold for between $35 and $85, the commission said.

The connector links can crack, causing the chain to fall off a bicycle, creating a hazard to riders, the commission said.

The recall involves SRAM chains with model numbers PC-1030, PC-1050, PC-1070, PC-1090 and PC-1090R. Chains with the recalled connector links were also sold on assembled Guru, Surly, Salsa, BMC, Serotta, Seven and Ridley brand bicycles.

Consumers were advised to stop using the PowerLock connectors or bicycles with chains using these connectors.

Consumers can contact retail outlets for free replacements or call 800-346-2928 for information.