Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Salsa Recalls Vaya and Santa Cruz Bike Forks

Salsa Cycles of Bloomington, Minnesota has announced a product recall of approximately 1700 Salsa Bicycle Forks.  The recall was issued following eight reports of the forks bending above the disc brake mount.  Fortunately, none of the eight reported incidents resulted in injuries.

In Illinois, 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. Therefore, any injuries that do result from a product failure such as this may be a basis for a claim against the manufacturer. When looking for a bicycle attorney to consult regarding personal injuries from a bicycle accident from a defective or broken product, it is important to choose an attorney with experience in the area. Product liability cases are very nuanced and complicated and require experience in the field of law. The attorneys at Keating Law Offices have that experience.
According to the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission, the recall involves specific batches of both Salsa Vaya bicycle forks and Salsa La Cruz bicycle forks.  The Salsa Vaya bicycle forks are orange and dark gray, while the Salsa La Cruz bicycle forks are black. Both models were sold individually and on Salsa Vaya bicycles. The forks fit any bicycle with a threadless 1 1/8 inch steerer tube. This latest recall is not the first for Salsa Cycles. Salsa has previously issued recalls for bicycle racks in May of 2012 and handlebar stems in January of 2011 and February of 2009.

In a recent case, Keating Law Offices obtained a six-figure settlement on behalf of a mountain biker who was severely injured when the fork on the rider's mountain bike failed. The attorneys for the manufacturer in that case tried to claim that the fork failed because of misuse of the mountain bike, but those argument were quickly defeated and a very favorable settlement was obtain for the injured bicyclist.   

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.