The Cycling Sports Group, which is the parent company of GT Bicycles, has recalled about 1,240 of its 2017 model mountain bikes because the handlebars are prone to break and injure bicyclists. According to Bikeradar.com, the recall includes the Karakoram Sport, Karakoram Comp, Aggressor Sport, Aggressor Comp and Aggressor Expert models. We urge you to regularly check for possible recalls regarding your specific bike model, especially in these summer months when you will be riding more often. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, be sure to contact an experienced Rhode Island bicycle accident lawyer who can help you understand your legal rights today.
What Makes The Handlebars Faulty?
The manufacturer says that in some cases, the handlebars can develop small fatigue cracks over time, which if unidentified may continue to grow larger and eventually lead to an entire break. When this happens, riders lose control of the bicycle and fall. Owners can confirm if their bicycles are part of this recall by examining the GT logo on the down tube. If the logo is an outline, the bike is not included in the recall. If the GT logo consists of solid lettering and is a 2017, it is part of the recall. Owners of bicycles included in this recall are asked to stop riding them immediately and bring them to their local GT dealers. Bikes will be inspected and dealers will install new handlebars and stems. For more information, visit gtbicycles.com/usa_en/recalls.
How Dangerous Are Defective Bicycles?
While we often hear or read about devastating bicycle and vehicle collisions that result in serious or fatal collisions, many bicycle accidents are caused by faulty bicycles or defective bicycle parts. These types of accidents can result in falls and serious injuries as well. Here are some of the common injuries caused by defective bicycles or bicycle parts:
- Head injuries: When a bicyclist falls to the ground and hits the pavement, there is the danger of suffering a traumatic brain injury. These types of injuries can result in long-term, or even lifelong, disabilities. Brain injuries also often require costly and lengthy rehabilitative treatment.
- Spinal cord injuries: These largely affect the neck and back. A serious spinal injury can leave the victim with severe pain and mobility issues, and sometimes paralysis.
- Broken bones: Bone fractures are another common injury sustained in bicycle accidents involving falls. Broken bones may require lengthy therapy to help the victim recover some of the lost strength and mobility in the affected parts of the body.
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When a defective product such as a bicycle causes injuries, the manufacturer of the bike and/or the faulty part can be held liable. In such cases, injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitative treatment, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Our law firm is working with experienced product defect lawyers nationwide who can help you receive maximum compensation for your damages and losses. Contact us toll-free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online for a free, comprehensive and confidential consultation.