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Defective products related to bikes may pose fall hazard to rider

When consumers in West Virginia buy products, they are typically focused on how much the product costs or whether it is the best one to use. Questions about potential injuries from use of the product often do not come to mind, as people expect that manufacturers have cautiously designed as well as tested their products. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, with defective products sometimes leading to serious injuries or even death.

Several products were recently recalled, including yarn, residential elevators and bicycle handlebars. In particular, the bicycle handlebars, called the Aerobar, can be affixed to a Specialized Transition Apex bike whose model year is 2013, or it can be connected to a Specialized Shiv bike with a model year of 2012 to 2015. The bar is being recalled because the bolt that is used to connect it to the specialized bikes has the potential to loosen, thus posing a serious fall hazard to bike riders.

The Aerobar comes in both an alloy and a carbon model, both sold in the color black. They were made available at authorized dealers of Specialized Bicycles throughout the United States as well as online between 2011 and 2015. So far, there have been four reports of the bolt loosening. A total of more than 8,000 of the bars were sold.

Individuals in West Virginia who suffer injuries as a result of using defective products may understandably lose trust in the manufacturers of those products and seek to hold them accountable. They have the right to explore all of their legal options, including demanding the reimbursement of financial damages sustained by using the dangerous products. A monetary award may help to cover related medical expenses and address pain and suffering resulting from use of the product.

Source:, "Yarn, residential elevators recalled", March 31, 2015

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