Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Shimano Recalls "Dura Ace" Wheels

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of all Shimano Dura Ace Carbon Clincher Wheels for Bicycles. This is a voluntary recall for all Dura Ace Carbon Clincher Wheel Sets with model number WH-7850 C24CL sold for road racing bicycles. The recall was issued because the surface of the rim and the spoke hole plugs can cause a puncture to the inner tube and cause the tire to go flat. Obviously, a flat tire can result in loss of control and a fall over the handlebars by the rider.

An injury in an instance like this could be the basis for a product liability case against the manufacturer. Product liability cases may be brought when a person uses a product in a normal way, but it turns out the product was unreasonably dangerous and the person ends up getting injured. Obviously, a tire, which is supposed to be stable and inflated, would be unreasonably dangerous if it unexpectedly went flat. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission there have been no reports of an injury from the Shimano rims.

Nonetheless, you can't trust that just because a bike part is new that it is good. Be your own best advocate and always inspect parts for your bike. When in the shop take a minute and look over your purchase before you buy it. This may seem like common sense, but a few moments of your time may lead to you realizing you got that bad apple of the bunch.

If you have been injured in a bike accident or by a defective product, contact Mike Keating at or Keating Law Offices at