Category Archives: Product Recall

fuji bike

Fuji Bikes Recalled Due to Fall Hazard

Advanced Sports International recently recalled Fuji bicycles due to a fall hazard posed to users. The recall states, “The rear wheel freehub can slip while pedaling, posing a fall hazard.” There have been four reports of the freehub slipping while pedaling. Fortunately, no crashes or injuries have been reported.

This recall involves Advanced Sports International’s 2017 Fuji bicycles with Oval Concepts Rear Wheels. They were sold at Fuji Bicycle and Authorized Oval Concept dealers from April through October 2016 for between $2000 to $8000.

Consumers should immediately stop riding the recalled bikes and contact Advanced Sports International to receive a free replacement freehub body. You can contact them at 888-286-6263 or online at fujibikes.com or ovalconcepts.com and click on “Recall Notice” at the bottom of the page for more information.

If you or someone you know or care for were injured while using a defective sports training product, and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).

trek disc bike

$1500 Trek Disc Bicycles Recalled Due to Fall Hazard

Trek has issued a recall on its 720 Disc bicycles and wheelsets due to a fall hazard. According to a press release, the company reports hearing of 10 incidents where either the wheel spoke contacted the bike’s brake caliper or the spokes broke at the hub. There has been one reported injury involving a broken vertebra.

This recall involves model year 2015, 2016 and 2017 Trek model 720 Disc bicycles and Bontrager Approved TLR disc 700C 24H Front and Rear Wheels with silver spokes. These models were sold nationwide from November 2014 through October 2016 for between $1,500 and $1,900 for bikes and March 2015 through November 2016 for aftermarket wheels for between $80 and $90. About 800 bicycles and 300 wheels were sold in the U.S.

If you’ve purchased any of these items, please immediately stop using them and return the bicycles to a Trek retailer for a free inspection and free replacement wheels. You can contact Trek at 800-373-4594 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at www.trekbikes.com and click on Safety & Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information.

If you or someone you know or care for were injured while using a defective sports training product, and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).

While the Green Lizard bike shop in Herndon no longer uses CompuTrainer indoor training systems for its year-round classes, the CT method of using your own bike to train for wattage is emphasized at this Northern Virginia bike shop's Kickr sessions

CompuTrainer Blue Flywheel Recall

While the Green Lizard bike shop in Herndon no longer uses CompuTrainer indoor training systems for its year-round classes, the CT method of using your own bike to train for wattage is emphasized at this Northern Virginia bike shop's Kickr sessions
While the Green Lizard bike shop in Herndon no longer uses CompuTrainer indoor training systems for its year-round classes, the CT method of using your own bike to train for wattage is still emphasized at this Northern Virginia bike shop’s Kickr sessions

Competitive cyclists are always looking for ways to improve their strength and gain speed.  No one knows this better than athletes’ lawyer Doug Landau, who has used CompuTrainers extensively for this purpose.

However, he cautions riders to carefully check equipment and also be on the lookout for any recalls or known defects.

Recently CompuTrainer manufacturer RacerMate issued a recall on the CompuTrainer Blue Flywheels due to a risk of injury.

According to the recall, “The blue flywheel can shatter while in use and throw metal pieces into the air. This poses a risk of injury from impact to the rider and any bystanders.”

The recall applies only to blue flywheels manufactured prior to 2008.  Flywheels manufactured after 2008 are silver, and are not impacted.

If you have an affected trainer you should stop using it immediately and contact RacerMate:

  • by phone: 800-522-3610 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday
  • online at www.racermateinc.com and click on Support to access the Blue Flywheel Recall form.
  • by email at sales@racermate.inc

If you or someone you know or care for were injured while using a defective sports training product, and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).

Faulty Zip Line Kit Recalled – BYA Sports

Bring Your Adventure (BYA) Sports has recalled approximately 5700 60-, 75-, and 90-foot cable Skyline Zipline Kits due to a fall hazard.

The recall states that, “A crimp in the zipline can fail allowing the cable to pull free or become slack while in use, posing a fall hazard to the user.”  Injuries have been reported.

If you have this zipline kit, immediately stop using it and contact BYA Sports:

Call BYA Sports collect at 303-443-0163 from 8 a .m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or online at www.byasports.com and click on the Recall Information tab for more information.

The kits, priced between $100 and $130, were sold at REI and other sporting goods stores and online at promotive.com from August 2013-July 2015.

More details can be found in the Recall Notice itself.

Sports injury lawyer Doug Landau has zip lined on professionally supervised courses, and encourages anyone thinking of using a “home” kit to carefully inspect the equipment and follow all manufacturers instructions.  Even when doing so, however, defective or faulty equipment can cause harm to innocent users.

If you or someone you know or care for has been injured while using defective recreational sports equipment like a zipline kit, and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).

Pacific Infant helmet

Infant Bicycle Helmet Recall

Pacific Infant helmetOnly a couple weeks after another successful helmet distribution and brain injury prevention program at a local Fairfax County elementary school,  Abrams Landau, Ltd. attorney Doug Landau was made aware of a recall of potentially dangerous helmets.

Pacific Cycle is recalling approximately 129,000 Schwinn “No-Pinch Buckle” Infant Bike Helmets due to a choking hazard.  The small plastic covers and magnets on the chin strap’s magnetic buckle can come loose and be ingested by young children.

The helmets were sold in Target stores and online from January 2014 through April 2016 for between $18 and $25.

Consumers should immediately take the helmet away from the child and contact Pacific Cycle for a free replacement:

  • Call Pacific Cycle toll-free at 877-564-2261 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST Monday through Friday
  • Email customerservice@pacific-cycle.com.
  • Visit online at www.schwinnbikes.com and click on “Support” then “Safety & Recalls” or www.target.com and click on “Product Recall” for more information.

For more information, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

If you or someone you know was injured while using a defective product and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).

Rocky Mountain lever

Rocky Mountain Bicycle Recall

Rocky Mountain leverBike safety lawyer Doug Landau took note of a recent recall involving 17,300 Rocky Mountain bicycles in the U.S.  The affected bikes have an issue with the front disc brakes.  Having been involved in a sudden stop caused by a front wheel malfunction, Doug Landau knows how dangerous such a defect can be.  Luckily for lawyer Landau, he only sustained scrapes and bumps.

The bikes in question are 2003-2016 models of Rocky Mountain cycles equipped with front disc brakes and a black or silver Quick Release (QR) lever on the front wheel hub.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission,  an open quick release lever on the bicycle’s front wheel hub can come into contact with the front disc brake assembly, causing the front wheel to come to a sudden stop or separate from the bicycle, posing a risk of injury to the rider.

If you have this bike, you should stop using it and bring it to an authorized Rocky Mountain dealer for a free installation of a new quick release lever on the front wheel.

Contact Rocky Mountain:

  • Toll-free at 800-663-2512 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday
  • Email at info@bikes.com or online at www.bikes.com and click on Safety/Recall at the bottom of the page.

If you or someone you know has been injured when using a defective bicycle or other sports and recreation product, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).

Kona Wo 2014 models have been recalled because of a fall hazard.

Kona Bike Recall

Kona Wo 2014 models have been recalled because of a fall hazard.
Kona Wo 2014 models have been recalled because of a fall hazard.  (Image source: CPSC website)

Kona has recalled approximately 530 Kona Wo bicycles because of a fall hazard.

The affected cycles are 2014 models of Kona bikes with a charcoal black frame and silver decals.  The word “Wo” is on the top tube and the word “Kona” appears on the down tube and on the side of the seat.  See photo left.

The fall hazard is created by a bicycle fork which is prone to cracking or breaking.  Kona will provide a free replacement and installation of a new bicycle fork for affected consumers.

Contact Kona at 700-566-2872 or online at www.konaworld.com (click on 2014 Kona Wo Recall link under the Support tab).

For more information visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website.

If you or someone you know has been injured while using defective or recalled sports equipment and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).

 

Lululemon tops like this one are the subject of a recall. Hard tips on the draw cord can snap the wearer in the face.

lululemon Recall

Lululemon tops like this one are the subject of a recall. Hard tips on the draw cord can snap the wearer in the face.
Lululemon tops like this one are the subject of a recall. Hard tips on the draw cord can snap the wearer in the face.

Lululemon has issued a recall on some of its women’s tops.

Tops with an elastic draw cord with a hard tip in the hood or around the neck can pose a danger to a woman’s face if the cord is pulled or caught on something and then released.  The hard tip can snap back and hit the wearer in the face.  Ouch!

According to the safety notice, you have an affected top if you answer yes to all of the following:

  • does the top have a drawcord in the neck area?
  • is the drawcord elastic or stretchy?
  • does the drawcord have hard metal or plastic tips?

Here is a list of the styles impacted, according to PRNewsWire:

Carry and Go Hoodie; Cool Down Jacket (shown above); Course-ette Jacket; Cozy Up Jacket; Dance Studio Jacket; Dance Sweat Shirt; Don’t Hurry Be Happy Pullover; Gratitude Wrap; Necessity Jacket; Proactive Jacket; Refresh Snap Up; Run Sun Blocker Pullover; Run Track N Field Jacket; Run With It Jacket; Sanctuary Jacket; Savasana Tunic; Sing, Floss, Travel Jacket; Stow ‘N Go Jacket; Stride Jacket; Summertime Tunic; Varsity Hoodie; Victory Jacket and Wear With All Jacket (Click here to see more photos of recalled garments.)

All tops have a printed or embroidered lululemon logo, the location of which varies from garment to garment.

The tops were sold online and at lululemon stores between January 2008 and December 2014 for $75-260.

If you have one of the 133,000 tops sold in the U.S. or the 185,000 sold in Canada, you should stop wearing it and either remove the draw cord or contact lululemon for a new cord which is non-elastic. The company will also provide written instructions on how to replace the cord.

“Lululemon is a very popular brand of athletic clothing, and their garments seem to be everywhere,” notes Doug Landau. “I’ve probably seen hundreds of women — both athletes and not — wearing lululemon clothes over the past several years.  Ladies, check your tops lest you get snapped in the face!”

For more information visit lululemon online, call Customer Support toll free at 877-263-9300, or email lululemon’s Guest Education Center at gec@lululemon.com.

If you have been injured while using a defective product and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. (703-796-9555).

 

 

Bike injury lawyer Doug Landau maintains that when a product is defective when it leaves the manufacturer, it is incumbent upon the bike maker, supplier and even the retail shop to get the word out and prevent needless injury

When a Bike Falls Apart, What Does the Government Do ?

Bike injury lawyer Doug Landau maintains that when a product is defective when it leaves the manufacturer, it is incumbent upon the bike maker, supplier and even the retail shop to get the word out and prevent needless injury
Bike injury lawyer Doug Landau maintains that when a product is defective when it leaves the manufacturer, it is incumbent upon the bike maker, supplier and even the retail shop to get the word out and prevent needless injury

When bicycles fall apart or bike components break, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) issues a recall in order to try to prevent future injuries and losses. One of the most dangerous defects is when the bicycle’s fork setter tube or handle bars break. This causes the rider to lose control of the bike immediately, and impact with the pavement often results in traumatic brain trauma as well as orthopedic and permanent facial injuries.

Last April, Felt Bicycles expanded a recall of its bikes because of this very problem. According to the Bicycle Retailer, the original recall applied to about 2,100 triathlon and road bikes — model year 2009 Felt B12, B16 and S32 bikes. The bikes were recalled because their steerer tubes could break. Felt had received 18 reports of the forks breaking, including 5 reports of injuries. The forks were manufactured abroad. The manufacturer is ADK Technology Ltd. in China. The company is working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to expand the recall to include 2008 model year bikes, models S22 and S32, and the 2010 model year S32, B12, B14 and B16 bikes. The expanded recall involves an additional 1,200 bikes. Consumers were told to stop riding the bikes and to contact their local Felt dealer or call Felt toll free at (866) 433-5887 or online at feltracing.com.

  • However, who is in the best position to warn the purchaser of these bikes ?
  • Who should be responsible for preventing further harms and losses ?
  • Shouldn’t the manufacturer, supplier and seller bear the cost of preventing further injury once a defect is discovered ?

The CPSC advised that consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bicycles and contact their local Felt Bicycles dealer for a free inspection and steerer tube replacement. But what about those who have already been injured ? A recall is not going to help heal their injuries or reimburse them for their losses. Unsafe consumer products can cause mayhem on the roads. Bikers entrust their health (and lives) to the bike shops and bicycle manufacturers. Bike manufacturers and suppliers need to take immediate and adequate steps to make sure their products are safe.

If you or someone you know or care for has been injured as the result of a bicycle crash and there are questions about what laws apply when the bike is defective, e-mail or call us at ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd. (703-796-9555) at once.

Five models of Matrix strength training machines like the one pictured here have been recalled because the handle can detach, causing injury.  Stop using the product and call the manufacturer for a repair.

Matrix Fitness Strength Training Machines – Recalled

Five models of Matrix strength training machines like the one pictured here have been recalled because the handle can detach, causing injury.  Stop using the product and call the manufacturer for a repair.
Five models of Matrix strength training machines like the one pictured here have been recalled because the handle can detach, causing injury. Stop using the product and call the manufacturer for a repair.

Matrix Fitness Varsity series strength training machines have been recalled because the handle on the machines can detach during use and hit the user with force.

Ouch!  Imagine being struck — and even knocked down — when the handle of the strength machine you’re using hits you!

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notice, the recall involves five specific models with chrome frames, stacked weights, overhead pulleys, and some with black or blue vinyl seats and thigh supports:

  • VY-6021 Lat Pulldown
  • VY-6042 Bicep/Triceps Press
  • VY-6046 Lat Pulldown/Low Row
  • VY-6099 Total Body Trainer
  • J7021 Special Order Lat Pull

These machines were sold between July 2013 and October 2014 by Johnson Health Tech North America and its dealers nationwide for between $3,300 and $4,000.

If you own one of these machines, immediately stop using it and contact Johnson Health Tech North America to schedule a repair.

Also, because these machines are often used in commercial fitness centers like health clubs, hotels, apartment complexes, schools, rehab centers, etc., be sure you check the brand and model when visiting one of these types of facilities.  You can find the word “Matrix” and the model number printed on a white sticker at the base of the machine.  Notify the management if there is a question about the safety of the equipment.

If you or someone you know has been injured while using a defective sports product and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).