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Brompton recalls bikes to replace bottom bracket

Published September 28, 2017

LONDON (BRAIN) — Folding bike maker Brompton is recalling thousands of bikes — all bikes sold between April 2014 and May 2017 — to replace a bottom bracket that can fail.

The company announced the recall Thursday.

"Through our warranty and quality assurance process we have become aware of an issue affecting a component manufactured between April 2014 – May 2017. The axle of the third party supplied FAG Bottom Bracket has had higher than expected reported incidence of failure. Although this still meets international safety standards this does not meet the standards which Brompton sets for its components. We have therefore initiated a programme to recall all affected bikes and replace the bottom bracket cartridge with a new and tested part, free of charge to all of our affected customers," the company said.

The bikes affected have serial numbers from 1403284144 to 1705150001 and can be any Brompton model. The serial number can be found on a curved plate or silver sticker applied to the frame, as shown in the image.

On its website, the company said the incident rate for incidents involving the bottom brackets has been 0.02 percent. However the company said a failure could result injury from loss of control and from the sharp edge of a broken axle. Brompton said the failures are a result of metal fatigue so bikes that have had heavy use are at more risk of failure. 

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