Friday, April 6, 2012

Public Bikes Announces Recall for Defective Pedals

Public Bikes Inc. of San Francisco has also issued a recall. The recall centers around the bicycle pedals attached to 18 different models of women's and men's Public Bikes. Incidents involving breaking and cracking pedals were reported to Public Bikes. These failed bicycle pedals can cause a fall risk to the rider. The bicycles were sold at Public Bikes & Gear in San Francisco and other Public Bikes dealers from April 2010 to January 2012 for between $500 and $1,250.

In Illinois, bicycle riders are primarily required to ride on roadways. According to Illinois Statute, riders are to ride as close as practicable and safe to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway in most situations. (IL ST CH 625 § 5/11-1505). Failed components could cause the rider to fall into oncoming traffic.

In Illinois, manufacturers of products can be held liable for personal injuries or wrongful deaths that occur from a defective product. The law in Illinois holds manufacturers "strictly liable" for any injuries or deaths that occur. The law simply holds that there is liability if the product fails when "put to a reasonably foreseeable use." A defective pedal that caused a fall could be a prime example of a defective product that led to a product liability case.

If you have any questions regarding this post or an issue involving Illinois personal injury law, please contact Illinois Bicycle Attorney Mike Keating at 312-208-7702 or 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All e-mails and phone calls are returned promptly. All initial consultations are confidential and free.