Several New Recalls Involving Bicycles And Bicycle Equipment

Just in time for the warm weather months, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission has announced several recalls concerning bicycles or bicycle equipment:

Name of Product: GT, Giant and Trek Bicycles with SR Suntour Suspension Forks

Units: About 17,000

Manufacturer: SR Suntour, of Taiwan and Vancouver, Wash.

Hazard: The suspension fork’s internal support tubes can break and cause the rider to lose control, fall and crash.

Incidents/Injuries: SR Suntour has received 12 reports of incidents with the suspension forks, including two injuries involving a laceration and a chipped tooth.

Description: This recall involves the following GT, Giant and Trek bicycles with SR Suntour suspension forks. “SR Suntour” and the date code are printed on the back of the fork crown.

Bicycles Model Years Model Name SR Suntour Suspension Fork Date Codes
Giant 2011-2012 Revel 1 Revel 1W CK110301
through
CK110731
GT 2012 Avalanche 4.0 Avalanche 4.0 GTW
Trek 2012 3700D 3900D

Sold at: Specialty bicycle stores nationwide from April 2011 through March 2012 for between $400 and $600.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using bicycles with these forks immediately and return the bicycles to any authorized GT, Giant or Trek dealer for a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, please contact SR Suntour toll-free at (855) 205-2453 anytime, or visit the firm’s website at www.srsuntour-cycling.com.

Source:  http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12149.html

Name of Product: 2010 through 2012 Model Year Bicycles

Units: About 4,100

Importer: Public Bikes Inc. of San Francisco

Manufacturer: Wellgo Pedals Corp. Taiwan (pedals)

Hazard: The pedals can crack and break, posing a fall hazard to the rider.

Incidents/Injuries: Public Bikes has received 24 reports of pedals cracking. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves 18 models of women’s and men’s Public Bikes. The bicycles are various colors and sizes. “Public” or “Publicbikes.com” is printed on either the bicycle chain guard or the rear fender. The bicycles have a metal “badge” at the top of the down tube with a number stamped on it. Recalled badge numbers are 1-5843, 5845, 12560, 20743 and 20757. The “Apple” model, which has no badge, is also included. The word “Wellgo” is embossed on both the top and bottom of the pedals. All bicycles with Wellgo pedals are included in this recall.

Sold at: Public Bikes & Gear in San Francisco and other Public Bikes dealers in 16 states nationwide and publicbikes.com from April 2010 through January 2012 for between $500 and $1,250.

Manufactured in: Taiwan

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop riding the recalled bicycles and contact Public Bikes or an authorized Public Bikes dealer for free replacement pedals. The recalled pedals have a black spindle, the replacement pedal spindles are chrome.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, please contact Public Bikes toll-free at (855) 840-1400 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.publicbikes.com.

Source:  http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12145.html

Name of Product: Topeak Babyseat™ II Bicycle Carrier Seats

Units: About 40,000

Importer: Todson Inc., of North Attleboro, Mass.

Hazard: A child can place his or her fingers in the opening at the grab bar’s hinge mechanism. When the consumer lifts the grab bar to remove the child from the seat, the child’s fingertips can be caught in the hinge mechanism, posing a laceration and fingertip amputation hazard to the child.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received two reports of incidents including near amputations that resulted in stitches and a crushed finger.

Description: This recall involves Topeak Babyseat II bicycle carrier seats with model numbers TCS2100, TCS2101 and TCS2102. Model numbers are printed on the product’s packaging. The gray, plastic Babyseats were sold in three styles: Babyseat, Babyseat with disc brake compatible rack and Babyseat with non-disc brake compatible rack. The racks are used to mount the seat to the bicycle. “Topeak” is embossed on the back of the seat and is also printed on a black foam protector that covers the grab bar. A red locking lever on the side of the blue grab bar locks the bar into place.

Sold at: J&B Imports, REI, Action and Hawley, independent bicycle dealers, distributors and other retail stores nationwide and online at REI.com from January 2009 through April 2012 for between $140 and $180.

Manufactured in: Taiwan

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled carrier seats and contact Todson to receive a free hinge cover retrofit kit.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Todson at (800) 250-3068 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.todson.com.

Source:  http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12143.html

Please feel free to contact me if you have a personal injury or wrongful death or products liability matter that you would like to discuss.  I’ll be happy to see if I can give you a hand.

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