Written By: Rheingold, Valet, Rheingold, Ruffo & Giuffra LLP
About 100 Civia Loring Carrier Racks for Mounting Over Front Bicycle Wheels have been recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), just announced. This recall involves defective Civia Loring bicycle racks that have black aluminum tubing with bamboo panels and mount to the bicycle's front fork.
The bicycle rack's mounting bracket can crack or break. When this happens, the rack can fall onto the bicycle's front wheel, posing a fall hazard to the rider. To date, the firm has received one report of a rack mounting bracket breaking while the rider was on the bicycle, which resulted in minor cuts.
Any defective bicycle part or design has the potential to cause serious injury or even death. Unfortunately, the Civia Loring is not the only bicycle with defective parts. Dynacraft recently recalled two of its models, the Triax PK7 and the Vertical PK7, due to reports of the frames cracking while in use. To date there have been two injuries, thankfully minor, however the potential remains for much more serious consequences. Our firm is currently litigating a similar case in which the frame of an Orbea bicycle broke in two, sending the rider flying and ultimately causing his death. If you or someone you know has been injured due to a bicycle defect, please contact us immediately to discuss your options and possible compensation.
The CPSC is advising consumer to remove this rack from their bicycles immediately and contact the store where purchased for a full refund or replacement. Quality Bicycle Products can be reached, toll-free, at 1.877.311.7686 between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Central Time (CT) Monday through Friday or at the firm's website at: http://civiacycles.com/aftermarketloringfrontrackrecall/.