Giant Bicycles is recalling thousands of bicycles because they may pose fall and injury hazards. According to an alert issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the problem with these bicycles is that the adjustable handlebar stems can actually become loose, posing risks to riders.
The company has so far received 86 reports of incidents where the handlebar stems became loose including three cases where users fell off the bikes.
Details of the Recalled Bicycles
The recall affects 20,800 units of various 2021 Model Year Giant and Liv adult bikes. The recalled bicycles come in different colors depending on the model, CPSC said. They were sold online as well as at authorized dealers nationwide from October 2020 to October 2021. Affected units have serial numbers that begin with “P” which can be found under the bottom bracket of the frame.
Those who have these bicycles are being urged to stop using them right away and contact the company to schedule an inspection and repair for their units. Anyone with questions or concerns is asked to contact authorized Giant retailers or the company directly at 1-866-458-2555.
Product Liability Issues
A vast majority of bicycle accidents – particularly those involving serious injuries or fatalities – occur when bikes collide with other vehicles. However, many of these crashes also occur due to faulty bicycle parts. When a bicycle, for example, has malfunctioning or faulty brake or steering parts, the bicyclist is at an increased risk of losing control of the bike and crashing into another vehicle or hitting the pavement, suffering serious or even fatal injuries.
If you have been injured as the result of a defective bicycle or faulty bike part, you may be able to seek compensation from the manufacturer by filing a product defect lawsuit. Victims can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
An experienced product defect lawyer can help examine the evidence and hold the negligent manufacturer concerned accountable for your injuries, damages, and losses. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, which you suspect was caused by a defective part, it would be a good idea to preserve the bike in its current condition and not repair it until it has been examined by an expert for evidence of defects, malfunctions and potential design flaws.