On July 17, 2014, Cycling Sports Group recalled GT brand downhill mountain bicycles due to crash and injury hazards.
The bikes' wheel hubs can break, causing the brake system to fail. Riders can crash, fall and injure themselves.
The recall involves all 2014 GT Fury Expert and 2014 GT Fury Team downhill mountain bicycles. About 120 bikes in the U.S. and 32 in Canada were sold at authorized GT dealers from February 2014 to June 2014 for between $4,300 and $6,000.
The Fury Team model is black with lime green and blue accents. The word "Fury" is printed on the top tube. The model names are printed in small letters on the top tube of the bicycles just above the word Fury.
There have been 5 reports of broken hubs. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported.
Consumers are instructed to immediately stop using the bicycles and return them to the nearest authorized GT dealer to have the front and rear wheels replaced free of charge.
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Tips On How To Avoid Injuries
1. Register Your Products
When consumers buy products, product registration cards are typically included with the products. It is important that consumers fill out the cards and return them to the manufacturers. The cards require consumers to provide their contact information, i.e., name, address, etc. These cards are important because in the event there is a recall, the manufacturer can reach the consumers to alert them of the recall.
Another way consumers can register their products is by going to the manufacturers' websites. Many manufacturers have online product registration.
2. Check The Product Before Use
Many products are used only for a few months or during a specific season. For example, bicycles are usually used in the spring or summer. In the winter, consumers store their bikes away. When the weather is nice again, consumers may go in their garages to take out the bikes. Before riding the bikes for the first time in the season, riders should check the bikes to make sure that there is no rusting or other issues that may lead to accidents.
In addition, consumers can go to the manufacturers' websites to make sure the bikes were not recalled.
Unfortunately, accidents may still happen despite consumers' efforts to protect themselves. When consumers are injured by products that are dangerous or recalled, they may be able to file an injury lawsuit against the manufacturers. This is known as a products liability lawsuit.
If injuries do occur, it is important that consumers save the products so that they may be inspected by experts later for litigation purposes.
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