With the early arrival of spring, many people are already enjoying biking on Michigan roads and trails. But if you have recently purchased a GT, Giant, Trek or Specialized bicycle, check to see if the suspension fork or brake levers on your bike are part of a new recall campaign by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
There are about 17,000 bikes manufactured with defective SR Suntour suspension forks on GT, Giant and Treks, selling for between $400 and $600, made in China and sold between 2011-2012.The suspension fork’s internal support tubes can break and cause a rider to lose control of the bike, fall or crash. There have been at least a dozen reports of incidents involving these suspension forks, including two injuries.
Specialized bicycles with Tektro TL-83 brake levers, sold on 2010 and 2011 S-Works Shiv bicycle frame modules and on 2012 S-Works Shiv TT bicycle frame modules, have been recalled due to a faulty adjuster cap and brake cable that can make the brakes non-operational. If the levers fail, the rider can lose control, crash and suffer injuries. About 600 of these brake levers have been sold as original equipment and in the aftermarket as service parts.
If you own one of these models, stop riding your bike and return the bike or components to an authorized dealer. Check the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website for specific models involved in the recalls. A hotline number is listed for you to call to get more information or to report an incident.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of one of these defective products or in a biking accident, call our attorneys at the Law Offices of Henry Hanflik at 810-720-4000 or toll free at 888-905-4632 for a free consultation. We can help you now.