Monday, January 6, 2014

Fox Factory Recalls Evolution Mountain Bike Forks

Fox Factory recently announced a recall of its Evolution suspension mountain bike forks. The recall was made due to a concern that the fork’s internal cylinder/piston can disconnect and cause the front wheel to detach. A rider in Italy was injured in one instance of a disconnection like this in the fork.

The recalled forks were from the model year 2013 and are the 32 and 34 Evolution series. The forks were sold nationwide from August 2013 to October 2013 as original equipment on models of BMC, Cannondale, Commencal, Diamondback, GT, Kona, Lapierre, Norco, Orbea, Raleigh, Rocky Mountain, Santa Cruz, Scott, Specialized and Trek mountain bikes. Some forks were sold as aftermarket items and were priced for $600 to $650.

If you think you may have a recalled Fox Factory fork, check for the evolution and FOX logo on the sticker on the front fork.  You can also locate your serial number under the crown after removing the front wheel and check to see if your bike has the recalled fork. 

Purchasers of the recalled suspension forks should stop riding those bicycles and bring them to the place of purchase for a free repair. If you cannot bring your bike to the place of purchase, contact Fox Factory for assistance.

The Illinois Bicycle Attorneys at Keating Law Offices strongly recommend that Illinois bicyclists be aware of recalls that may affect their bicycles or equipment. While manufacturers don't intend to sell defective products, recalls are a reminder that product defects posing serious risks to cyclists can only be discovered once a product is already on the market and regularly put to use. As such, 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 as long as the person was using the product in a reasonably foreseeable manner.  If a bicycle crash occurs because 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 in federal and state courts in Illinois and are respected resources on bicycle products. If you have any questions regarding a product liability case or other personal injury matter, please contact the firm at 312-239-6787.