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Formula Brake USA Recalls Disc Brakes

Published October 18, 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Formula Brake USA, yesterday announced a voluntary recall on its Oro Disc Brakes.

Roughly 5,700 of these brakes were sold.

According to the CPSC, the brake’s hand lever can separate, resulting in a loss of braking. This can cause the rider to lose control of the bike, posing a risk of injury.

“The set screw which secures the pin which attaches the brake lever to the master cylinder may come loose. If these set screws come loose, the brake levers may separate from the brake, rendering the brakes inoperable,” said Greg Thrash of Formula Brake USA.

Formula Brake USA has received six reports of hand levers detaching. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves Oro disk brakes typically installed on
mountain bikes. The brake is operated by a hand lever, which is mounted to the handlebar. Included in the recall are the Oro K18, Oro K24, Oro Puro and Oro Bianco models with serial numbers less than 295237. The serial number can be located on the brake's body above the "Made in Italy" label.

Sold at bicycle specialty stores nationwide from May 2005 through July 2007 for between $180 and $320. These brakes were manufactured in Italy.

Consumers should stop using bicycles equipped with the recalled brakes and contact any Formula Brake dealer to receive a free repair. Repair instructions are available at www.formulabrakeusa.com

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