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Bicycle Disc Brake Danger

Bicycle Disc Brake Danger

With disc brakes on bicycles, the trouble is not with the brake, but with the front, quick release skewer.

If the skewer lever comes loose or is left open, the lever handle can get caught in the front brake disk. These kinds of defective products have been known to case serious bike accidents and injuries.

If you have a front disk brake style bike from any of these 13 major manufactures, you could be in danger:

  • Cannondale
  • Diamondback
  • FELT
  • Fuji
  • Giant
  • GT
  • Haro
  • Jamis
  • Novara
  • Raleigh
  • Ridley
  • Specialized

The Consumer Products Safety Council has ordered a recall for bikes from all of these manufacturers that have been implicated in
having this defective product.

The manufacturers have set up a recall website, where they have included a home-testing procedure. The test takes about 30 seconds to complete and the only tool you need is an ordinary pencil. If you can’t complete the test yourself, ask a relative, friend or neighbor for help. Good bike shops in DC are also aware of the recall.

What should you do if you have a defective skewer, lever or quick-release?

First, the manufacturers warn to “stop riding your bicycle immediately.” Then it is best for you to “contact your bicycle manufacturer for help.”

Sadly, the manufacturers’ website does not provide a toll-free number or customer service support – a big letdown in accepted customer service. Whether individual manufactures are more responsive is a question to be asked.

Zukerberg & Halperin, PLLC is a DC personal injury law firm with over 50 years’ experience representing cyclists in the District, Maryland and Virginia. If you have been injured, give our office a call for a
free consultation regarding your case.

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