June 2016 Recall Round-Up
The Consumer Products Safety Commission publishes a continually updated feed of consumer product recalls for safety and other issues. There have been a spate of bicycle-related recalls recently that you should be aware of.
First, a UK cyclist, Jonathan Weatherley, died in August 2015 when he fell off of his bicycle after braking suddenly. There is speculation that he was left alone for 90 minutes until a passer-by came to his aid. Mr. Weatherly was riding a Kinesis Racelight TK2 bicycle at the time of the accident. A coroner has opined that the accident occurred when the carbon fiber fork on the bicycle separated under braking forces. UK manufacturer, Upgrade Bikes, issued a recall last October when the company discovered the defect. In a UK legal case, the company stated through its attorney that it did not manufacture the allegedly defective part. It is unclear whether Upgrade Bikes sold any Racelight TK2s in the United States and who, specifically, manufactured the fork in question.
Problems with bicycle forks breaking or snapping in half are not uncommon. On May 26, 2016, Box Components recalled over 4,000 of its carbon fiber BMX bicycle forks. The company received 242 reports of loosened tubes, although no falls or injuries have been reported related to this recall yet. The parts were sold at independent bike shops and online at www.danscomp.com and www.jrbicycles.com from July 2013 through April 2015 for about $300. The parts were manufactured in China.
On May 19, 2016, SCOTT recalled 1,400 2016 SCOTT men’s and women’s bicycles with SYNCROS FL 0.1 seat posts. A complete list of serial numbers included in the recall can be found here. The serial number is printed on a white sticker and embossed on the underside of the bicycle frame near the pedals. The company issued the recall after receiving 11 reports of broken seat posts outside of the U.S. So far, no injuries have been reported related to the defect.
Also in May of this year, Pacific Cycle recalled 129,000 infant bicycle helmets due to the potential for choking. The helmets have magnetic, no-pinch chin strap buckles and are made for infants ranging from one to three years old. Pacific Cycle issued the recall after receiving three reports of the plastic cover coming loose. No injuries have been reported thus far. The helmets were sold exclusively at Target from January 2014 through April 2016.
Grenier Law Group has received reports bicycle forks snapping spontaneously during use in Washington, DC. These and other bicycle defects can cause injury, which could give rise to product liability claims. Product liability cases are very expensive, complicated, and time-consuming to pursue. If you have been injured by a defective bicycle or bicycle product, you should contact an attorney with significant experience in handling product liability cases.