Federal Reminder About Bicycle Recalls

The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission recently issued a reminder about various recent product recalls involving bicycles.  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.

Here’s the text of the bulletin, found at  http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12177.html:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Now that spring is here, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is reminding consumers to check to see if their bicycles, bicycle components or accessories have been recalled before using them. Recalled bicycles, components and accessories can be dangerous and cause an accident, resulting in injury or even death. If you have a recalled product, contact the firm for the remedy. Once that’s taken care of, remember to properly strap on your bike helmet!

Check out these recent bicycle-related recalls. You can find out more about these recalls and others at our website www.cpsc.gov.

Note: by clicking on any of the images below, you can view a larger version.

Product Recall Press Release Hazard Photos
Bridgeway Bicycles (91,000 units) 11-331 The bicycle chain can break, causing a rider to lose control and fall. Click For Larger Image
Trek 2012 FX and District bicycles (27,000 units) 12-024 The bolt that secures the seat saddle clamp to the seat post can break posing a fall hazard. Click For Larger Image
Fuji Saratoga Women’s Bicycles (10,500 units) 12-112 The bicycle’s frame can break in the center of the downtube during use, causing the rider to lose control and fall. Click For Larger Image
Public Bikes 2010 through 2012 Model Year Bicycles
(4,100 units)
12-145 The pedals can crack and break, posing a fall hazard to the rider. Click For Larger Image
Specialized 2012 bicycles with Advanced Group carbon forks (460 units) 12-096 The brake component housed within the bicycle’s carbon fork can disengage from the fork and allow the brake assembly to contact the wheel spokes while rotating, posing a fall hazard. Click For Larger Image
Chariot bicycle trailers (44,000 units) and bicycle trailer conversion kits (70,000 units) 12-085 The bicycle trailer’s hitch mechanisms can crack and break, causing the trailer to detach from the bicycle. This poses an injury hazard to children in the bicycle trailer. Click For Larger Image
Topeak Babyseat® II Bicycle Carrier Seats (40,000 units) 12-143 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. Click For Larger Image
Little Tricky Bicycle Helmets (30,400 units) 12-082 Product testing demonstrated that these helmets do not comply with CPSC safety standards for impact resistance. Consumers could suffer impact head injuries in a fall. Click For Larger Image
GT, Giant and Trek Bicycles with SR Suntour Suspension Forks (17,000 units) 12-149 The suspension fork’s internal support tubes can break and cause the rider to lose control, fall and crash. Click For Larger Image
Gore Bicycle Brake Cables for Road Bikes (9,700 units) 12-125 When the brake cables are installed on Campagnolo® style brake levers, they can detach, causing the brakes to fail and posing a fall hazard. Click For Larger Image

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