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Crash and Injury Hazards Prompt Recall of SRAM Hydraulic Bicycle Brakes

SRAM has recalled various models of its hydraulic road rim and road disc bicycle brakes.

SRAM has recalled various models of its hydraulic road rim and road disc bicycle brakes. Avid bicyclists, take note. SRAM Hydraulic Road Rim Brakes and Hydraulic Road Disk Brakes for bicycles have been voluntarily recalled by the Chicago-based manufacturer. SRAM officials confirm they’ve received 95 reports of brakes failing in the US. Though only one minor injury was reported in the US and another in Australia, potential failure of the brake systems pose a risk of a serious crash, personal injury and bicycle accident attorneys say.

The nearly 25,350 recalled units include bicycle brake models SB Red Hydraulic Road Disc, SB Red Hydraulic Road Rim, SB 700 Hydraulic Road Disc and SB 700 Hydraulic Road Rim, used as either front or rear brakes. The SB RED brake lever is labeled “RED” on the body of the lever assembly, and the SB 700 brake lever is labeled “S-Series” in the same spot. The serial numbers for the recalled brakes have the digit (3) as the fourth digit of the serial number. Look for the serial number on your brake system on the bottom of the caliper body.

Recalled brakes were sold as aftermarket products and as original equipment on a variety of bikes of the following brands:

  • ASI
  • Cannondale
  • Diamondback
  • Felt Bicycles
  • Jamis
  • Kona
  • Norco
  • Orbea
  • Specialized Bicycles
  • Volagi
  • Giant Bicycles
  • Trek Bicycles

See a full list of the recalled bike brands and models outfitted with recalled brakes here. Affected units were sold at specialty bicycle retailers nationwide between May and December 2013 for between $285 and $581 for the disc or rim brakes purchased separately. Bicycles sold with the SRAM disk or rim already included ranged in price from $2,500 to $7,500. If you believe your bicycle is outfitted with the recalled brake system, stop using it immediately.

If you’ve suffered no injuries as a result of the brakes failing, call SRAM at 800-346-2928 or visit the company’s web site at for instructions on returning the brakes for a replacement. However, if you have suffered an injury that may have been caused by the faulty brakes, keep them intact, get medical attention immediately (even if your injury seems minor) and contact an experienced personal injury or bicycle accident attorney. Jacksonville, Orlando and South Georgia residents can reach Harrell and Harrell at 800-251-1111.