More than 13,000 2018 model Allez road bikes by Specialized have been recalled because of defective forks. According to a report on Digitaltrend.com, no crashes or injuries have been reported as a result of these bicycle defects. The company states that the forks in these bicycles can break and cause the rider to lose control posing a serious crash hazard.
The specific bikes affected by the faulty forks are all 2018 Allez road racing bicycles including the base, Sport and Elite models. Each version’s composite fork has the brand name “Specialized” printed on its downtube, “Allez” on the bottom portion to each fork leg, and the word “Fact” printed on the inside of the left fork leg. To fix the issue, the manufacturer is urging anyone with a recalled bike to contact an authorized retailer to receive free installation of a new fork.
Specialized first caught these fork defects in December and has since provided monthly updates regarding the status of the recall and the production plan for replacing the forks. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers who own these bikes to contact an Authorized Specialized Retailer directly at 1-877-8088154 or email [email protected]
The Danger of Defective Bicycles
While a number of bicycle accidents are caused by collisions with other vehicles, thousands of bicyclists are also injured each year because of faulty bicycles or bicycle parts. When a bicycle part fails or malfunctions, the consequences can be devastating for the bicyclist. He or she may suffer serious injuries ranging from head injuries to spinal cord trauma, broken bones and internal organ damage.
If you have been injured by a faulty bike or bike part, you may be eligible to receive compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, pain and suffering and emotional distress. There are a number of things you can do to protect your rights after a bike accident that is caused by a defective part. First, make sure you get prompt medical attention, treatment and care.
Preserve the bicycle because it is the most important piece of evidence in your bicycle accident case. An expert will be able to thoroughly evaluate it for evidence such as defects and malfunctions. Contact an experienced product defect lawyer who can help you secure maximum compensation for your injuries, damages and losses.