CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN) — SRAM on Friday told consumers to immediately stop using bikes equipped with its Red 22 and S-700 hydraulic road brakes. The action expands the recall of a more limited number of the same brakes, announced on Nov. 4. The recall now affects 19,000 brake systems on the market.
The company said that last weekend several failures of the brakes were reported at cyclocross races in the U.S. "In sub-freezing temperatures, several failures were reported. In these conditions the master cylinder seals failed to hold pressure, resulting in abrupt loss of brake power and an inability to stop the bike. These failures are related to product that is outside the originally stated date code range and unrelated to the original failure mode. No injuries have been reported to date."
The company said it is quarantining the brakes that are in the pipeline at factories, warehouses and at retailers. SRAM said it is working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and other agencies internationally.