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SRAM issues immediate recall due to safety concerns over brake levers

Bike parts manufacturer SRAM has recalled potentially hazardous shift-brake levers due to reported cases of a defective clamp bolt.

Posted on 05 February 2024

The recall impacts 12-speed eTap AXS Red, Force, Rival and Apex shift-brake levers produced before 1 July 2023. The stop notice relates to affected levers sold as “aftermarket sets” which were not fitted by a bicycle dealer on a new bike.

The recall states that “if the shift lever is not properly tightened to the handlebar it may slip or move when attempting to steer the bicycle or when going over a bump; this can lead to a loss of control and/or crash resulting in injury”. A notice on the US Consumer Product Safety Commission website states that users “should immediately stop using the SRAM shift brake levers and inspect their levers for tightness”.

The company has also shared a guide on their Instagram page so that consumers can check the shift brake lever installation. Alternatively, consumers can take their bicycle to an authorised SRA dealer “to have the bolt tightened or replaced at no cost”.

Leigh Day product safety partner Jill Paterson said:

“Anyone who owns a bicycle with a SRAM shift-brake lever should follow the recommended steps to check that the clamp bolt is safe, or take the bicycle to an authorised SRAM dealer. Cyclists rely on the integrity of the bikes to ensure that they are safe when cycling. A bicycle with a faulty brake lever could lead to a crash and serious injury. I hope that the recall is circulated widely so all those with affected bicycles are able to have this problem resolved”.

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