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These Mountain Bikes are Defective

March 10, 2012
Colson Hicks Eidson

Many people enjoy a ride on their mountain bike. Not many people, if any at all, enjoy a crash on their mountain bike, however. One of the most popular brands of mountain bikes, Trek, issued a voluntary recall of their 2012 FS and District model bicycles last week. The product recall affects about 27,000 bicycles on the market.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the bike’s bolt that secures the saddle clamp can break. So far, there are four reports of injuries, including one rider who suffered a chipped tooth and another who suffered a lip injury. The model name is on the bike’s frame, and the year is on the bottom bracket near the pedals. If the last two digits of the SKU number are 12, it is a 2012 model. You can take the bike to an authorized Trek dealer for a free replacement bolt, according to the CPSC.

Many recreational bicyclists are now resorting to their bikes as everyday forms of transportation as fuel costs rise. If you suspect your injury is due to a defective bicycle or one of its components, seek medical attention right away. Do not repair your bike. Instead, have it examined by a professional who can spot possible defects that might have caused your accident.

As a cyclist, do you give much thought to making sure your bike’s maintenance?

Colson Hicks Eidson – Florida injury attorneys