REI Recalled Co-op Cycle Kid’s Bicycles With Training Wheels

REI Issues Recall For Co-op Cycle Kid’s Bicycles With Training Wheels Due To Fall And Injury Hazard

REI Recalled Co-op Cycle Kid’s Bicycles With Training Wheels

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (June 25, 2024) – Outdoor goods company REI has issued a recall for the Co-op Cycle Kid’s Bicycles with training wheels over concerns they pose a fall and injury hazard.

The notice by the Consumer Product Safety Commission indicates that the recall affects 12, 16, and 20-inch varieties of bicycles. All model years from 2022 to 2024 are part of the recall.

The issue with the Co-op Cycle Kid’s Bicycles is that the training wheels can unexpectedly fall off. This was blamed on the assembly knob, which can loosen and detach from the bicycle.

REI has received four reports of training wheels falling off bikes. Several injuries have occurred, and one child sustained a broken arm.

Liability For Bicycle Accidents

Bicycles can be hazardous in many situations. According to Ped Bike Info, “In 2022, 67,336 people were injured while walking, and 46,195 people were injured while biking, a 22.9 percent increase and 18.8 percent increase respectively from 2020.” Bicycles can be particularly dangerous for novice users, including children. This is why most children learn to ride bicycles with training wheels. There could be several issues with bicycles that could cause the training wheels to come off.

  • Loose Bolts: When the bolts on training wheels are not properly tightened, they can loosen over time and cause the training wheels to detach.
  • Stripped Threads: The threads of the bolds can become worn or stripped over time. This may reduce their ability to hold training wheels securely.
  • Improper Installation: If training wheels are not installed correctly, they are more likely to come off during use.

Companies that manufacture bicycles have a legal obligation to ensure that their products are reasonably safe. To that end, companies must rigorously test their products in all of the ways that those products may be used and misused. When a bicycle has inherent design defects that cause accidents, the manufacturer could be held strictly liable. Victims of bicycle accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries.

  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Organ damage

Children’s bodies are naturally underdeveloped. They are more likely to be seriously injured in a number of different situations. This is why it is so important for companies that manufacture products intended for children to do everything in their power to make sure those products are safe. But far too often, this does not take place. In far too many situations, companies are more concerned with saving money by cutting corners in terms of safety.

Getting Legal Help After Bicycle Accidents

We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates were deeply concerned to hear about the safety issues with the Co-op Cycle Kid’s Bicycles with training wheels. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong. It is our hope that steps are taken to prevent similar incidents down the road.

Has your child been injured while using the Co-op Cycle Kid’s Bicycles with training wheels? You may be entitled to financial compensation. Our team of product liability attorneys is here to help in any way that we can. We are committed to making sure that they receive the support and justice that they are entitled to under the law. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.