SRAM Recalls Bicycle Gear Hubs Due to Crash and InjuryPosted: February 23, 2019
Name of Product: SRAM i-Motion 3 internal gear hubs (coaster brake version) for bicycles
Hazard: The brakes in the gear hubs can fail, posing crash and injury hazards to the rider.
Recall Date: February 21, 2019
Recall Number: 19-069
Consumers should immediately stop using bicycles with the recalled gear hubs and contact SRAM for instructions on how to receive a partial refund.
Consumer Contact: SRAM at 800-346-2928 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET on Friday or online at http://www.sram.com or http://www.zipp.com and click on “Recall Notice” for more information.
Pictures available here: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2019/SRAM-Recalls-Bicycle-Gear-Hubs-Due-to-Crash-and-Injury-Hazards
Units: About 7,000 (in addition, 700 were sold in Canada)
Description: This recall involves SRAM® i-Motion 3 three-speed internal gear hubs with a coaster brake installed on bicycles with no redundant braking system. The recalled hubs were sold on the following Electra® model bicycles: Electra Cruiser Custom 3i, Electra Coaster 3i, Electra Hawaii 3i, Electra Hawaii 3i 24 and Electra Straight 8. The recalled hubs were also sold as aftermarket parts for other bicycles. The recalled hubs have “SRAM i-Motion 3” printed on the hub shell and a brake arm extending from the axle of the hub.
Incidents/Injuries: SRAM has received five reports of brake failure, resulting in one minor injury to a rider.
Sold At:Specialty bicycle retailers nationwide from April 2010 through December 2018 for between $400 and $800 for Electra bicycles equipped with the recalled hubs and for about $90 for the recalled aftermarket gear hubs
Manufacturer(s):Heng Ying Machinery Co., Ltd. of Taoyuan City, Taiwan
Distributor(s):SRAM LLC, of Chicago, Ill.
Manufactured In: Taiwan
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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