RECALL: SRAM 10-Speed PowerLock Chain Connector Links

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  1. Grape Ape

    Grape Ape Younger than Hack Tavern Member

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    FROM SRAM: SRAM is working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to announce a voluntary product recall of SRAM 10 speed chain PowerLock connector links. SRAM has determined there is a potential for the PowerLock connector link outer plate to fail. This presents a safety issue. As a result SRAM is retrieving and replacing all affected SRAM 10 speed chain PowerLock connector links from the marketplace.

    THIS ISSUE IS SAFETY RELATED. SRAM will be advising consumers to stop using this product immediately. In the near future, we will be asking you to help us inform consumers about the recall by posting a Safety Recall Poster in your store, which we will provide you after coordination with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Failure of the
    SRAM 10 speed chain PowerLock connector link, while in use, may result in loss of bicycle control and possible injury.

    IMPORTANT
    - SRAM 8 speed chains and PowerLinks are NOT affected.
    - SRAM 9 speed chains and PowerLinks are NOT affected.
    - SRAM 10 speed chains are NOT affected.
    - ONLY 10 speed PowerLock connector links are affected.

    ISSUE
    PowerLock connector plate may develop a crack.
    Crack may develop during installation and/or early use.
    Potential occurrence rate - 2.5 connector plates out of 1000

    CONSUMERS
    SRAM is working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to develop the materials to be used to notify consumers about this recall. We will advise you when this recall is going to be announced publicly to consumers. In that public announcement, we will be asking consumers owning one of these products to stop riding immediately and return their chains to any SRAM dealer for verification of the product date stamp and to obtain a free replacement PowerLock.

    SRAM DEALER ACTION
    SRAM dealers inside the United States - contact SRAM USA (1-800-346-2928) to obtain a return authorization number and replacement Power Lock connector links.

    SRAM dealers outside of the United States - contact a SRAM distributor in your region for replacement PowerLock connector links, and to arrange for the return shipment of affected PowerLock connector links.

    PRODUCT AFFECTED
    SRAM PowerLock Connector Link (for SRAM 10 Speed Chain)

    POWERLOCKS AFFECTED (PRODUCTION RANGE) - DATE CODE
    Date codes M and N (on PowerLock ONLY). Date code letter is stamped onto end of each PowerLock connector
    link outer plate. To verify date stamp, check BOTH PowerLock connector link outer plates! See Fig. A.

    CHAIN MODELS/PART NUMBERS - POTENTIALLY AFFECTED - AFTERMARKET:
    85.2737.270.074 PowerLock Chain Connector 10-speed (4 pcs)
    91.2712.114.005 Chain PC 1090R HollowPin 114 links PowerLock 10-speed
    90.2712.114.005 Chain PC 1090 HollowPin 114 links PowerLock 10-speed
    89.2711.114.005 Chain PC 1070 HollowPin 114 links PowerLock 10-speed
    93.2712.114.005 Chain PC 1050 114 links PowerLock 10-speed
    92.2711.114.005 Chain PC 1030 114 links PowerLock 10-speed

    SRAM DEALER CUSTOMERS - PRODUCT IDENTIFICATION PROCEDURES:
    PowerLock connector links date-stamped with letters M and N must be removed and replaced with new PowerLock connector links date-stamped with letters other than M and N. All PowerLock connector links date-stamped with letters M and N must be returned to SRAM. Please make arrangements with your SRAM Sales or Customer Service representative.
     
  2. Industry_Hack

    Industry_Hack Total noob (& forum admin) Admin Staff Tavern Member

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    I always felt 10 speed was a bad idea to begin with. On the MTB side, we saw a lot of broken chains when 9 speed came out. Personally, I had never broken a chain until I switched from 8 to 9. For road bikes, the switch from 9 to 10 could possibly cause us to see some similar issues.

    Anyone remember when "10 speed" meant 2x5? :rolleyes: