Brompton has recalled about 2,230 folding electric bicycles because objects can get stuck between the mudguard and the front wheel causing the bicycle to suddenly decelerate and crash. According to an alert posted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), at least nine people have been injured because of this problem.
Major Injuries and Hospitalizations
The recall notice says the mudguard is positioned too close to the front wheel, which can cause the wheel to lock up leading to sudden deceleration of the bike if an object gets caught between the mudguard and front tire. This could pose crash and injury hazards to the rider.
According to CPSC, there were 10 reports of faulty mudguards causing the bikes to crash, resulting in nine reported injuries including head and facial trauma, broken bones, shoulder dislocation, bruising and chipped teeth. Two people had to be hospitalized after suffering severe injuries.
The recalled e-bikes were sold at Brompton bicycle retailers, online and on Bromptom retailers’ websites from May 2019 through March 2022 for between $3,500 and $3,800. Brompton is urging consumers to immediately stop using the recalled bicycles and contact an authorized Brompton dealer for a free repair.
If You Have Been Injured
While most bicycle accident injuries occur as a result of a collision with another vehicle, there are also some serious injuries that could happen because of faulty bicycle parts or defective design. When bicyclists fall as the result of such defects, they could suffer injuries such as head and facial trauma, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, broken teeth, internal organ damage, etc.
If you have been injured as the result of a defective bike, it is critical to preserve the evidence. In a defective bicycle case, the most important piece of evidence is your bike. It should be preserved unaltered so an expert can thoroughly examine it for defects, malfunctions and design flaws.
Seek medical attention and treatment for your injuries right way. Before you discuss your case with anyone, it would be in your best interest to retain the services of an experienced California product defect lawyer who will make sure your rights are protected every step of the way and that you receive maximum financial compensation for your injuries, damages and losses.