Specialized is recalling its Roubaix, Ruby, Diverge and Sirrus bicycles with steerer tube collars. According to a WHNT news report, the problem is that the bicycles’ steerer tube collar can crash if exposed to corrosion resulting in sudden loss of steering control. This could, of course, pose fall and injury hazards to the rider. The affected bicycles were manufactured in Taiwan and sold at authorized Specialized retailers nationwide from July 2016 to January 2019 for between $1,650 and $11,500.
These bicycles come in various colors and include S-works, Pro, Expert, Comp Elite, E5 Comp, Sport and Base models. So far, no injuries have been reported. However, the company has received two reports of the steerer tube collar cracking. Those who have these bicycles are asked to stop using them and contact an authorized Specialized retailer for a free repair. If you have any questions about this recall, call Specialized at 877-808-8154 or email [email protected] for more information.
The Danger of Faulty Bicycles
While we hear of most bicycle accidents being caused by a collision between a bicycle and another vehicle, it is important to remember that there are also a number of bicycle accidents that are caused by defective bikes or bike parts. Bicycles may be difficult to control especially on rough terrain or bad streets. Bicycle defects typically involve a faulty part that is caused by defective manufacturing or poor design.
Injuries from a bicycle accident could range from scratches and bruises to catastrophic injuries such as brain and spinal cord injuries. Injured victims may be hospitalized for long periods of time or require lengthy rehabilitation and physical therapy.
Product Liability Issues
Bicycle accident victims who are injured as a result of product defect can file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization and pain and suffering. It is important in such cases that the bicycle is preserved and not repaired right away so it can be thoroughly examined by an expert for defects, malfunctions and other evidence. An experienced product defect attorney will be able to advise injured victims and their families in such cases about their legal rights and options.