Bicycle Accidents

Recall Issued for 130k Infant Bike Helmets Sold Exclusively at Target

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Pacific Cycle has issued a recall of nearly 130k infant bike helmets available exclusively at Target stores across the country.

As temperatures rise and the school year comes to an end, you might find your way outdoors on a bike ride with your family feeling confident you’ve taken all the necessary precautions when it involves bicycle safety. You’ve purchased elbow pads and knee pads, taught the basics of road safety and most importantly, fitted everyone for the proper bike helmet. You think your job is done. Unfortunately, it isn’t.

Schwinn No-Pinch Infant Bicyle Helmet

Pacific Cycle recently recalled approximately 130k Schwinn No-Pinch Buckle Infant bicycle helmets. Sold exclusively at Target stores, the helmet have a faulty magnet cover on the chin strap that could pose as a choking hazard or in extreme cases result in magnet poisoning.

The helmet’s magnetic chin-straps are advertised as ‘no-pinch’ so they have become very popular for parents as an alternative to the standard strap that may be difficult to snap under the chin of an excited child ready to go for a ride. Available for sale as recently as April 2016, it is possible you or someone you know may have purchased one or more on a recent shopping trip.

Pacific Cycle encourages you to take the helmet away from your child as soon as possible and contact them immediately for more information on how to receive a complimentary replacement. You can contact Pacific Cycle online at www.schwinnbikes.com or visit www.target.com for product recall information.

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Source: US Consumer Product Safety Commission

Carbon Fiber Bikes and the Hidden Dangers

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Carbon Fiber Bikes and the Hidden Dangers

Bicycling is one of the most popular outdoor activities in America. For some it is a great form of exercise and for others it is a great method and means for transportation. Due to the popularity of cycling, bicycles have become advanced, lighter and come with innovative parts. Bicycle parts are most frequently made with carbon fiber.  Unfortunately, not all carbon fiber is made equal.

Most carbon fiber material found in bicycles is made in China and Taiwan. Due to many factors including the quality, manufacturing and poor standards, the carbon fiber manufactured oversees can become defective and break while a cyclist is riding. For an advanced cyclist riding 25 mph or a cyclist riding alongside heavy traffic, if your bike breaks, you could be thrown forward and in significant danger.

Many times people think that they are buying an American or European made product, but they are actually buying a product made with several or almost all foreign products. And while federal law requires that all component parts be labeled with the country of origin, many times manufacturers are very good at hiding the label on its parts. They often can place the label in a place that is not noticeable or inside the part itself.

Bicycle crashes are much more severe than car accidents and usually end in severe injuries or death for some. There is limited crash protection other than a helmet and little structure to absorb impact. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident due to a defective product, you could have a potential product liability case. Be sure to preserve the bicycle as evidence and consult with an experienced attorney who can retain experts to help you with the case.

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13 bike companies recall 1.5 million bikes in North America

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13 bike companies recall 1.5 million bikes in North America

Thirteen different companies representing 17 brands are voluntarily recalling around 1.5 million bikes with front-wheel quick releases and disc brakes.

The thirteen companies have pulled together through the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA) and partnered with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Health Canada and Profeco, the Mexican consumer protection federal agency, to issue the voluntary recall. This is the largest group recall to ever have been done in the industry’s history.

After Trek recalled nearly 1 million bikes for a related issue, BPSA reached out to suppliers regarding quick releases and the potential defect associated with the part. The quick releases, which have levers that could be left open or improperly adjusted while riding, can potentially be caught in the front disc brake rotor and could cause an accident.

Companies included in the recall include Accell North America (Raleigh, Diamondback), Advanced Sports International (Breezer, Fuji, SE), Cycling Sports Group (Cannondale, GT), Felt, G. Joanou Cycle Co. (Jamis), Giant Bicycle, Haro, LTP Sports Group (Norco), Performance Bicycle (Access), Quality Bicycle Products (Civia Cycles), Recreational Equipment Inc. (Norvara), Ridley Bikes and Specialized Bicycle Components. The recall notice does not give specific models, but it does affect bikes from 1998 and newer. Affected bikes were sold between $200 and $10,000 across the nation.

Three incidents have been reported including one with injuries where the cyclist sustained a broken finger, wrist injury, shoulder injury and abrasions. To find out if your bicycle is affected, you can visit quickreleaserecall.com. Further information can be found on the website for testing your bicycle to see if its defective as well as information on retailers to replace the defective parts.

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