Bicycle Mechanic Inspection: A Step Often Skipped by Those Buying a Bike Online or at a Retail Store
As an avid biker and biking accident lawyer in Philadelphia who travels an average of 50 to 60 miles per week on a bicycle, I am well aware of the accidents that can occur on improperly assembled bicycles. In the last week, even though I purchased a new bike two months ago, a component of my bike failed and I narrowly escaped disastrous consequences.
Recently, a retail store known as Meijer recalled bicycles that were allegedly assembled on site at Meijer stores. The recall notice stated that there were dozens of reports of pedals detaching or coming loose during use, including 16 reports of injuries. The bicycle recall was issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) naming various models of Huffy, Iron Horse, Mongoose, Northwoods, Pacific, Razor, and Schwinn bicycles, in total approximately 68,000 bicycle units. The hazard posed was noted to be that the pedals could loosen or detach during use, causing a fall hazard to riders. The bicycles were sold between March 2012 and August 2012 and have a Serv-U-Success assembly sticker attached. All riders and consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bicycles and return them to any Meijer store for a full refund or replacement bicycle of the same type or value and you will also receive a $10 store coupon. Meijer may be contacted directly at (800) 927-8699 for more information.