3T Design Limited, a company based in Hong Kong, has issued a voluntary recall of its Auro Pro custom handlebars that come as original equipment on the 2013 Cervelo P-Series bicycles. The recall includes the P3 with Shimano Ultegra and P5 Three with SRAM Red Bicycle models. The handlebars are finished in gloss black with "3T," "AURA-PRO," and "ULTIMATE-PERFORMANCE" in white on the handlebar's top surface. They were sold by retailers nationwide from September 2012 through January 2013. The reason for the recall is that the bicycle's handlebar clamps can detach during normal riding causing the rider to lose control, posing a risk of serious injury.
Rheingold, Giuffra, Ruffo & Plotkin LLP has successfully handled numerous bicycle product liability cases including a case against the specific entities involved in this recall. We have seen instances where the carbon fiber just fails under normal riding conditions causing the rider to be severely injured."
Interestingly, most of the European and Canadian bicycle companies imply, and have explicitly stated on certain occasions, that their products are manufactured in Europe. However, nearly all carbon fiber bicycle component parts are manufactured in China or Taiwan where the quality control is not nearly the same as it is in Europe, or even the United States. Through discovery, our firm has found that there are a lot of under qualified workers in these factories compounding the problem of quality control.
Our firm has investigated several of these cases and concluded that these problems can be caused by a design defect and/or a manufacturing defect. In design defect cases, an expert evaluates the engineering and overall design of the component and makes a determination as to whether or not it was a proper design. In manufacturing defect cases, our experts have taken the bicycle apart to analyze the carbon fiber construction. A determination is then made as to whether anything affected the carbon fiber during the manufacturing process or whether or not the carbon fiber was properly laid to ensure its structural integrity and strength.
Rheingold, Giuffra, Ruffo & Plotkin LLP is currently litigating a case involving a recalled bicycle component. In fact, the case also involves a recalled handlebar that failed during normal riding conditions.