Friday, April 26, 2013

Cervelo Bikes Issues Recall Over Defective Aura Pro Handlebars

3T Design Ltd. of Hong Kong has announced a recall of nearly 700 Cervélo bicycles equipped with Aura Pro handlebars.  The recall was issued when 3T Design discovered that the Aura Pro handlebar clamps can detach while the bicycle is in use, posing a risk of serious injury to riders.  At least one incident resulting in minor injuries has been reported. According to the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission:
The Aura Pro custom bicycle handlebars are original equipment on the 2013 Cervélo P-Series bicycles which come in black, gray and red color combinations.  The handlebars are finished in gloss black with "3T," "AURA-PRO," and "ULTIMATE-PERFORMANCE" in white on the handlebar's top surface.  The recall includes the P3 with Shimano Ultegra and P5 Three with SRAM Red bicycle models.  "Cervélo" and "P3" or "P5" appear on the bicycle's frame.
Cervélo bicycles with the defective handlebars were sold throughout the country from September 2012 to January 2013.  Consumers should immediately stop riding bicycles equipped with the recall Aura Pro handlebars and contact 3T Design  at (800) 233-3207 or go to and click "Recall" to arrange for a free repair. 
The Illinois Bicycle Attorneys at Keating Law Offices strongly encourage Illinois' cyclists to stay informed regarding recalls that effect their bicycles or other cycling equipment.  While manufacturers rarely intend to knowingly sell defective products, recalls are a reminder that product defects posing serious risks to cyclists can be discovered once a product is already on the market. It is important to monitor the safety of your bicycle and cycling equipment both before and after a purchase. 
Under Illinois law, the manufacturer of a product can be held liable when their product fails and the person was using the product in a reasonably foreseeable manner.  This means that if a bicycle crash occurs because a part of the bike broke or failed during normal use, the manufacturer of that product would be responsible for any injuries or other damages suffered by the rider. The attorneys at Keating Law Offices have handled numerous product liability cases. If you have any questions regarding a product liability case or other personal injury matter, please contact the firm at 312-239-6787.