Gore Brake Cables Recalled Due to Detachment Risk

Posted on March 6, 2012

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has initiated a recall on a certain number of bicycle brake cables used in road bikes.

The product was manufactured by W.L. Gore and Associates, a company based out of Elkton, Maryland.  Specifically, the recall affects by the GORE Ride On Low Friction System and Professional System.  9,900 units fall under the purview of the recall, with the vast majority residing in the United States.

The issue has to do with installation on Campagnolo brake levers.  When installed on this particular lever, the cables can detach.  This in turn leads to a break failure and increases the risk of injury from a fall.  Only one incident has occurred this far, and there was no injury at that time.

The item was sold online and in various bicycle shops across the country between January 2008 and 2012.  The cables had a retail value somewhere around $40 and $65.  Consumers that have used the cables in conjunction with the Campagnolo system should cease usage and order a free replacement kit from Gore.

As a personal injury lawyer in San Diego, I’m glad to see this recall issued before any injuries take place.  The sooner problems are addressed, the better.  It’s my hope as a Ventura personal injury lawyer that all bike riders doublecheck their rides to make sure they meet all safety standards.

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