Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Children's Bicycle Trailers Recalled for Risk of Falls

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of 2011 Wehoo iGo Bicycle Pedal Trailers. Approximately 2700 Weehoo's iGo Bicycle Trailers made between April 2011 and July 2011 are subject to the recall. The CPSC determined that the trailer's receiver had a risk of cracking. As previously posted on, the number of recalls by the CPSC related to bicycles has increased. Bicycle trailer defects are particularly dangerous because of the serious injuries children can suffer from accidents due to falls and crashes.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children ride in bike trailers rather than rear bike seats because of safety concerns. Bike trailers have flexible hitches and are able to hold more weight. Due top the design of the trailer and the hitch, even if the adult bike falls, trailers remain upright. The receiver is important to ensure that the trailer remains connected to the adult bike. The CPSC and Weehoo have already received one report of the trailer's receiver cracking while in use. No injuries have been reported at this time.

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. This post was written with the assistance of Joel Barker, a recent graduate of DePaul University's College of Law. All initial consultations are confidential and free.