Consumer Alert Brought To You By A PA & NJ Dangerous Products Lawyer – 2 Recent Bike Recalls Due To Crash Hazards
It looks like winter is finally behind us. Warm weather also means more PA and NJ residents participating in more outdoor activities, such as walking, running and riding bicycles.
Before riding bikes this year, consumers should ensure that their bikes are in good working order, i.e., the tires have enough air, the brake pads are not worn out, etc. It is also a good idea to make sure bikes have not been recalled.
In recent weeks, 2 bikes have been recalled due to risk of injury to the riders.
At the end of April, about 900,000 Trek bicycles were recalled in the U.S. The recall involved all models of Trek bicycles from 2000-2015 that have front disc brakes and a black or silver quick release lever on the front wheel hub that opens far enough to contact the disc brake. When the quick release lever comes in contact with the front disc brake assembly, it can cause the front wheel to come to a sudden stop or separate from the bicycle. This is obviously dangerous as riders may fall and get injured.
There have been 3 reported incidents. One rider sustained facial injuries. The second rider suffered a fractured wrist, and the third rider’s accident resulted in quadriplegia.
The Trek bikes were sold in stores nationwide from September 2014 through April 2015 for between $489 and $1,650.
On May 1, 2015, about 200 Felt Cruiser bicycles were recalled due to a crash hazard. The brakes on the bikes can fail.
The recalled bicycles involve the Felt Deep Six and El Guapo models with one speed and coaster brakes. The words “Felt” and “Deep Six” or “El Guapo” are printed on the bicycle’s frame. For specific serial numbers, visit www.cpsc.gov.
There have been 26 reports of the brakes failing. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported thus far.
The recalled bikes were sold in bicycle specialty stores nationwide from June 2014 to March 2015 for between $600 and $750.
Consumers who are injured by recalled products may have legal rights against the manufacturer. If the product was defective, the manufacturer may be liable for the consumers’ injuries.
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