Trek Bicycle® Issues Recall after Rider Rendered Quadriplegic
If you are a cyclist who regularly pedals around the Atlanta Metro area, you are well aware that distracted or indifferent drivers can pose a huge risk to those who ride their bike for pleasure, exercise, or environmental concerns. Bike riders have limited ability to evade vehicles that drift into their lane because of their speed and handling limitations. When cyclists are hit by drivers of motor vehicles, riders are exposed to a high risk of serious injury because of a lack of protective features associated with bikes. Although many bike accidents occur because of unsafe driving, sometimes a defective bike can play a role in causing injury to a bicyclist. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury because of a defective bicycle, our experienced Atlanta Bicycle Accident Lawyers at Montlick and Associates can advise you regarding your rights and discuss representing you in a claim to obtain compensation for your injuries.
While bicyclists might not anticipate that their bike will suddenly malfunction because of a defect in its design, manufacture, or labeling, a recent massive recall serves as a reminder that poorly made bikes can cause serious injury. Trek Bicycle® recently announced a recall of almost one millions bikes in the United States and Canada, which covers models manufactured between 2000 and 2015. The recall applies to 900,000 bikes recalled in the United States and another 100,000 in Canada.
The recall was announced in the wake of several accidents that have resulted in significant injuries. One rider suffered a severe spinal cord injury and was tragically rendered a quadriplegic. A second incident resulted in a cyclist suffering a broken wrist. In yet a third incident, the bike rider suffered injuries to his face when he crashed because of the bike defect.
The recall reported by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission is related to a problem with the bicycle's front wheel. The wheel can separate from the bike or suddenly stop when the quick release lever on the front wheel hub makes contact with the disc brake assembly of the front wheel, according to the consumer safety agency. The notice announcing the recall indicates that individuals who purchased the bike can contact the manufacturer for a replacement kit. The notice also indicates that affected Trek Bicycle® owners will be provided with a $20 coupon to bring their bike in for a tune-up and inspection.
When faulty products cause injury to consumers, product defects can constitute a basis for pursuing a product liability claim. Personal injury victims might have a legal claim against any entity in the production-distribution chain. Depending on the specific circumstances, the manufacturer might be liable on a strict liability basis for defects that were present at the time the bike left the company's control.
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