Specialized Bicycle Components Inc. has issued a defective product recall for about 12,000 bicycles because a part can break off and cause riders to fall down and get injured. According to a news report in The Associated Press, the company made the announcement along with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) stating that the front fork of the bicycles can break. So far, the company has received four reports of these front forks breaking. Victims have suffered facial fractures, head and shoulder injuries as well as lacerations as a result of these defective bicycles.
The recall includes some 2008 and 2009 models of Globe bicycles for both women and men, which were sold from July 2007 through July 2012. Consumers are asked to stop using these recalled bicycles right away and take them to an authorized dealer to have the faulty fork uninstalled and replaced at no cost.
Accidents Caused by Defective Bicycles
Bicycle accidents are often caused by a collision between a bike and another vehicle. A number of bicycle accidents are the result of dangerous roadways or bike paths that are not properly maintained. In addition, some bicycle accidents occur due to defective parts. Bicycles can be difficult to control especially on rough terrain. Bicycle defects usually involve a faulty part stemming from a manufacturing issue.
Bicycle accident injuries can range from minor abrasions to broken bones and even catastrophic injuries such as brain trauma and spinal cord damage. Injured victims are often hospitalized for a lengthy period of time. Once released from the hospital, they undergo rehabilitation and physical therapy for several months to regain strength and mobility. Many bicycle accident victims are never able to return to their pre-accident state. They suffer permanent injuries and disabilities that can be debilitating.
Product Liability Issues
A bicycle accident victim who is injured due to product defect can file a products liability claim against the manufacturer seeking compensation for damages. It is important in such cases to preserve the bicycle so it can be thoroughly examined by an expert for defects, malfunctions and other evidence. An experienced personal injury lawyer who has successfully handled product defect claims will be able to advise injured victims and their families about their legal rights and options.