Friday, March 22, 2013

Yuba Mundo V4 Cargo Bikes Recalled

Yuba Bicycles of Sausalito, California has announced a recall of 1,000 Mundo V4 cargo bicycles. The recall was issued following two reports of passengers getting their feet caught in the rear wheel of the bicycle. Fortunately, neither reported incident resulted in an injury. According to the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission:
The recalled bicycles are Mundo V4 cargo bikes. The 26-inch bicycles have steel frames, aluminum fenders on the front and rear wheels, and a wood utility deck mounted on the rear cargo rack. The bikes come in orange, black or blue. The word "Mundo" is on the top tube of the bicycle frame and  "Yuba" is on the down tube.
Approximately 1,000 Mundo V4 cargo bikes were sold nationwide online between May 2011 and December 2012 for around $1099.00. Consumers are encouraged to stop using the bicycles immediately and contact Yuba Bicycles toll free at (811) 889-9822 or online at Yuba Bicycles will install a free wheel cover/wheelskirt at no cost to the consumer.
In Illinois, the manufacturer of a product can be held liable when their product fails and the injured person was using the product in a reasonably foreseeable manner. Obviously, it is reasonably foreseeable that passengers will ride on Mundo V4 cargo bikes, and they should be able to do so without getting their feet caught in the rear wheel. Therefore, any resulting injury could be the basis for a claim against the manufacturer. This is arguably an instance not of poor manufacturing or poor product quality, but of poor design. A reasonably alternative design could have been utilized where there was no "pinch point" - a space where a foot could get caught in the rear wheel.
The attorneys at Keating Law Offices have handled numerous product liability cases. The Illinois Bicycle Lawyers of Keating Law Offices are committed to making sure that bicyclists stay safe.  Please check back regularly at our blog,, for updated information on bicycle-related product recalls.
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