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SRAM Recalls Zipp Bicycle Wheel Hubs Due to Crash and Injury Hazards

Name of Product: Zipp 88 aluminum front hubs

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/SRAM-Recalls-Zipp-Bicycle-Wheel-Hubs/

Recall Summary

Hazard: The hub flanges on the front hubs can fail, posing a crash and injury hazard.

Remedy: Replace

Consumers should immediately stop using bicycles equipped with the recalled front hubs and contact SRAM or local bicycle dealer for a free replacement hub.

Consumer Contact: SRAM at 800-346-2928 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET on Friday, or visit http://www.sram.com or http://www.zipp.com and click on “Recall Notice” for more information.

Recall Details

Photos available at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/SRAM-Recalls-Zipp-Bicycle-Wheel-Hubs/

Units: About 54,000 (In addition, about 2,900 were sold in Canada)

Description: This recall includes SRAM’s Zipp bicycle wheel hubs. The model names of the affected hubs are ZIPP 88v6, 88v7 and 88v8. The Z logo is printed on the hub. The wheel hubs come in black, silver and falcon grey. The diameter of the clinch nut is approximately 1.46 inches. Some of the hubs were sold as part of wheel sets installed on new bicycles. SRAM will post a list of affected bicycle brands and models on its website at http://www.sram.com.

Incidents/Injuries: SRAM has received one report in the U.S. of hub flange failure that could have led to wheel collapse. No injuries have been reported in the U.S.

Sold at: Specialty bicycle stores nationwide from May 2010 through January 2015. The front hubs sold for about $215. Complete front wheels with the hubs sold for between $1,035 and $1,325. The front wheel was also sold as a wheel set with a rear wheel for between $2,300 and $2,950.

Distributor: SRAM LLC, of Chicago, Ill.

Manufacturers: Prodigy Group, of Mooresville, Ind. and Decoletaje Y Fujacion, of Spain.

Manufactured in: U.S. and Spain

Note: Health Canada’s press release is available at: http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2016/57544r-eng.php

Retailers: If you are a retailer of a recalled product you have a duty to notify your customers of a recall. If you can, email your clients or include the recall information in your next marketing communication to your clients. Post any Recall Poster at your stores and contact the manufacturer to determine how you will handle any recalls.

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