Manufacturer Recalls Youth Bicycle

August 9, 2014

Last week, the bicycle manufacturer Dynacraft recall of its Avigo “Turn N’ Burn” model youth bicycles due to a dangerous product defect.  Sold at Toys “R” Us, the recalled bicycle poses a risk of injury due to a front wheel that can detach from the bike frame while in use.  The recalled bicycle is a 20 inch model, meaning that those at risk of injury are young children.  A full description of the recalled bicycle is available on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website.

Unfortunately, personal injuries related to mass-produced bicycles are more common than you may think.  While there is a danger of defective manufacture or design with any bike, the relatively inexpensive models available at large retailers are often cheaply designed and manufactured.  When businesses cut corners, though, it is innocent personal injury victims who suffer.

Many large retailers have also adopted the practice of buying unassembled bicycles and having untrained employees assemble the products in-store.  This compounds the hazards posed by these products because oftentimes the employees’ lack of skill in assembling the product can cause the bicycles to malfunction while in use, even in instances where the product itself is not otherwise defective.

As Cleveland, Ohio product liability lawyers, we have seen firsthand the significant injuries that can occur due to bicycle defect injuries.  When handlebars or wheels come loose while the bike is in use, a rider can sustain severe head and neck injuries, long-term back and limb problems, and cuts and abrasions.  If the rider is in the flow of street traffic when the bicycle malfunctions, these risks are multiplied due to the risks of being struck by a motor vehicle.

If you or a loved one sustains injuries due to a bicycle malfunctioning, you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer, the retailer, or both.  Contact the Cleveland personal injury attorneys at Lowe Scott Fisher Co., LPA for a free telephone consultation to discuss your case.

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