Felt bicycles are recalling all of their cruiser bicycles sold between June 2014 and March 2015 after a series of cycling accidents. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which protects the public from risks that are considered unreasonable when using a product, 26 people were injured because the bike’s brakes failed.
This is not the first time Felt has had to recall their bicycles. In 2011, Felt recalled about 1500 bikes because it was found that the carbon fiber on the fork part of the frame could collapse, potentially causing severe injury to cyclists.
Unfortunately, bike recalls are not uncommon and they are frequently associated with severe injuries. Earlier this month, Trek recalled almost a million bikes after a rider was paralyzed because of a defect in the quick release mechanism on the bike wheel, which causes it to separate from the frame while riding.
How Often do Bike Accidents Happen?
Biking should be safe for everyone, but unfortunately factors such as careless drivers and poor manufacturing make it dangerous to even the most cautious rider. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 726 people died in bike accidents in the most recent year data is available. In addition, bike-related injuries reached an astounding 49,000 incidents.
How Can a Product Liability Attorney Help My Personal Injury Claim?
Cyclists must stay alert at all times in order to avoid collisions with traffic and defects in the road, so the one thing they should be able to rely on is the integrity of their bikes. Unfortunately, bicycle accidents caused by defective frames, brakes, and other parts are not uncommon. The good news is, product liability laws allow consumers to file suit against companies that make faulty products if those products cause them harm. With the help of an experienced Louisiana product liability attorney, injured cyclists may be able to obtain financial compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Keep up with our blog to read more about personal injury law, and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for more info on our firm.
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