Shimano Recalls Roller Brakes
OSAKA, Japan – Shimano found a potential safety issue involving the BR-IM45 and BR-IM55 roller brakes. These were sold to consumers after 15 January, 2015. Shimano’s own quality tests showed that a small number of the roller brakes contained small cracks.
Though Shimano has not yet received reports of incidents, the brake might fail when a rider uses these brakes with significant force. In a press release the Japanese components manufacturer states that, “Our products should meet the highest industry standards and in the interest of putting the safety of its consumers first, we decided to issue a voluntary recall of the affected roller brakes.”
The table mentions the bicycle brands to whom the roller brakes were sold including the countries where these where distributed. In addition, a limited number of the affected roller brakes were sold as spare part to dealers only in the Benelux. The affected roller brakes are only those with the following production codes: ML and NA.
This product recall does not apply to bicycles which were sold before 16 January, 2015. Affected roller brakes that are marked with a white dot or green sticker have already been checked by Shimano and are also not subject to this recall.
Free of charge replacement
Consumers who own a bicycle with the affected roller brake are requested to stop using it immediately and check with their dealer for a free of charge replacement. Consumers who are not certain whether their bicycle is assembled with an affected roller brake, should go to their dealers to have their brakes checked.