Thursday, June 12, 2014

Scott USA Bikes Recalls Speedster Bicycles Due to Potentially Defective Front Forks

As a result of front bicycle forks that may unexpectedly fail and cause a rider to crash, Scott USA of Ketchum, Idaho has announced a recall of 2014 models of its Speedster bicycles due to fall hazards. It was found that the steerer tube in the front fork can break, posing a fall hazard to its users. The hazard came to Scott USA’s attention after one customer reported a fork breaking. Fortunately, no injuries resulted.

The models at issue were sold at authorized Scott dealers nationwide between August 2013 and May 2014, retailing from $1,000 to $1,300. If you are the owner of one of the included bikes, immediately stop using your bicycle and contact your local Scott dealer for a free replacement fork and complimentary installation.

Scott is recalling the following models:

  • Men’s 2014 Speedster 30 
  •  Men’s 2014 Speedster 40
  • Women’s 2014 Contessa Speedster 25
  • Women’s 2014 Contessa Speedster 35
Roughly 2,000 bicycles have been affected by this recall. These bikes come in black or white with blue, green, purple, or teal accents. The words “SCOTT” and “Speedster” are printed on the bike frame. To see if your bike is included in the recall, check the serial number printed on either a white sticker on the bicycle or embossed on the underside of the frame near the pedals. The following serial number ranges have been recalled: 
  • AS30500001— AS30504930 
  •  AS30700001—AS30704651
  • AS30900001—AS30903278
  • AS31100001—AS31103744
  • AS40101604—AS40105463
The Illinois Bicycle Attorneys at the Keating Law Offices strongly encourage Illinois bicyclists to stay informed about recalls on bicycles, their parts and related equipment. Recalls are a reminder that product defects posing risks to cyclists can be first discovered after the product is already on the market. Scott USA’s latest recall also serves as a reminder that even the newest bike models on the market can still have problems. It is important to monitor the safety of your bicycle and equipment even after a purchase.

Under Illinois law, a manufacturer of a product can be held liable when their product fails while the person using it was doing so in a reasonably foreseeable manner. This means that if a bicycle crash occurs because a part of the bicycle failed during normal use, the manufacturer of the product can be responsible for any injuries or damage suffered by the rider as a result of the crash.

The Illinois Bicycle Attorneys at the 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 them at (312) 239-676 or contact attorney Mike Keating at