What Parents Should Know about the REI Children’s Bicycle Recall

by | Jul 3, 2024 | Children's Product Liability, Defective Children's Product, Defective Toys, Product Liability, Product Recall

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and REI are recalling more than 75,000 children’s bicycles due to a defect with the training wheel assembly. With at least four reports of injuries so far, parents should be aware of the risk if they own one of the recalled bicycles.

Below, the children’s product liability lawyers at Kherkher Garcia provide details on the recall, safety information, and information for parents on what to do if their child is injured.

REI Children’s Bicycle Recall Information

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall on REI Co-op Cycles REV 12, 16, and 20-inch children’s bicycles (model years 2022-2024) because the training wheel assembly knobs can loosen and detach, creating a fall hazard.

Here’s a breakdown of the key points:

  • Affected Products: REI Co-op Cycles REV 12, 16, and 20-inch children’s bicycles with serial numbers starting with “ET22”, “ET23”, “01VX” or “07VX” (look under the bike frame on the bottom bracket or downtube).
  • Hazard: Training wheel assembly knobs can loosen and detach, posing a fall risk.
  • Fix: If you’re using training wheels, stop using the bike and contact REI to schedule a free repair or request a free repair kit to be mailed. If you don’t use training wheels, you can keep riding the bike.
  • REI Contact: Starting July 15th, 2024, REI will be offering free repairs for the affected bikes. You can contact your local REI store or REI directly for more information.

The CPSC has received at least four reports of the bicycles malfunctioning, including injuries ranging from scrapes to broken bones.

What are the Hazards of Defective Training Wheels on a Bicycle?

Defective training wheels on a bicycle can pose several hazards, including:

  • Instability: If the training wheels are not properly aligned or securely attached, the bicycle can become unstable, leading to loss of balance and potential falls.
  • Unexpected Detachment: Training wheels that are not securely fastened can detach unexpectedly while riding, causing the rider to lose control and potentially leading to accidents or injuries.
  • Uneven Wear and Tear: Defective training wheels may wear unevenly, which can cause the bicycle to lean to one side, affecting the rider’s balance and control.
  • Reduced Steering Control: If the training wheels interfere with the bicycle’s steering mechanism, it can make it difficult for the rider to steer properly, increasing the risk of collisions.
  • False Sense of Security: Riders, especially young children, may develop a false sense of security if they believe the training wheels are functioning correctly when they are not, leading them to take risks they might otherwise avoid.
  • Damage to Bicycle Frame: Poorly designed or defective training wheels can put excessive stress on the bicycle frame, potentially leading to cracks or other structural damage that can compromise the safety of the bike.
  • Accidents Due to Mechanical Failure: Any mechanical failure related to the training wheels, such as broken or bent parts, can result in accidents, especially if they occur suddenly while the bicycle is in motion.

What Injuries May Occur if Training Wheels are Defective or Malfunction?

If training wheels are defective or malfunction, the following injuries may occur:

  • Scrapes and Bruises: Falls from the bicycle can lead to minor scrapes, cuts, and bruises on the skin.
  • Fractures and Broken Bones: More severe falls can result in fractures or broken bones, particularly in the arms, wrists, and collarbone.
  • Head Injuries: Even with a helmet, a fall can lead to head injuries, including concussions or more severe traumatic brain injuries, if the rider hits their head on the ground or another object.
  • Sprains and Strains: The sudden and unexpected movements caused by a malfunctioning training wheel can lead to sprains or strains in the muscles and ligaments, particularly in the wrists, ankles, and knees.
  • Dental Injuries: A fall can cause the rider to hit their face, leading to dental injuries such as broken or knocked-out teeth.
  • Road Rash: Sliding on pavement or other rough surfaces can cause extensive abrasions, commonly known as road rash, which can be painful and prone to infection.
  • Internal Injuries: In severe cases, a hard fall or collision could cause internal injuries, such as damage to internal organs.
  • Spinal Injuries: A particularly bad fall or awkward landing could result in spinal injuries, which can range from minor back pain to serious spinal cord damage leading to paralysis.
  • Soft Tissue Injuries: Damage to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments from falls or awkward landings can result in significant pain and long-term recovery needs.

It is important to ensure training wheels are properly installed, regularly checked for defects, and maintained to prevent these potential injuries.

What Should Parents do if Their Child is Injured by a Recalled Bicycle?

If your child is injured while using a bicycle that is under recall, here are some things you can do to begin protecting their rights and wellbeing. Consider the following steps:

  • Seek Medical Attention: Ensure the child receives immediate medical care for any injuries. Follow up with healthcare providers as needed.
  • Document the Incident: Record details of the incident, including how the injury occurred, the extent of the injuries, and any medical treatment received. Take photos of the injuries, the bicycle, and the defective parts.
  • Save the Bicycle and Parts: Keep the bicycle and any defective parts in their current condition as evidence. Do not attempt to repair or modify them.
  • Report the Incident: Report the injury and the defective product to the CPSC. You can usually do this online through their website.
  • Contact the Manufacturer or Retailer: Inform the manufacturer or retailer where the bicycle was purchased about the injury and the recall. They may offer a refund, replacement, or other remedies.
  • Check Recall Information: Verify the details of the recall, including the specific models affected and the recommended actions. Follow any instructions provided in the recall notice.
  • Consult Legal Counsel: If the injury is severe or if there are significant medical expenses, consider consulting a lawyer who specializes in product liability or personal injury to understand your legal rights and options.
  • Monitor for Long-Term Effects: Keep an eye on the child’s recovery and be aware of any long-term effects of the injury. Follow up with medical professionals as needed.
  • Spread Awareness: Share information about the recall and the incident with other parents and caregivers to help prevent similar injuries to other children.

By taking these steps, parents can ensure their child’s safety, seek appropriate compensation, and help prevent future injuries from defective products.

Have Questions about a Children’s Bicycle Recall Injury?

Do you have questions about a children’s bicycle recall injury? Navigating the complexities of a product recall can be overwhelming, especially when it involves your child’s safety. The dedicated team at Kherkher Garcia is here to help. At Kherkher Garcia, we specialize in handling personal injury and product liability cases, including cases related to children’s bicycle recall injuries.

When you contact us, you can be sure that your concerns are heard and addressed. Whether you need legal advice, assistance with medical expenses, or guidance on the recall process, we are ready to support you every step of the way. Contact us today to discuss your situation and learn about your options. Your child’s safety and wellbeing are our top priorities. Reach out now for a free consultation and take the first step towards securing the justice and peace of mind your family deserves. Call us at 713-333-1030, or complete our website form to get started.

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Jesus Garcia

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This article was written and reviewed by Injury Trial Lawyer and Founding Firm Partner Jesus Garcia. Jesus has been a practicing injury lawyer for more than 20 years. He has won $150 Million+ in Settlements and Verdicts for his clients. He is a force of nature in the courtroom and the trial lawyer you want on your side if you or a loved one have been seriously injured at work or on the road. Abogado Jesus Garcia is bilingual and passionate about being the voice in the courtroom for the spanish speaking community here in Houston, across the state of Texas, and throughout the Nation.

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