In a country where more than 40,000 people are killed each year in traffic accidents, one would surmise that it would be safer to ride a bicycle instead of driving a car. Or it could be that someone chooses pedaling over accelerating for the purpose of healthy exercise. As long as one is following proper safety procedures, these things are generally the case, and many people enjoy cycling on a daily basis.
The Government Takes (and Serves) Notice
Even so, in a relatively unnoticed recall brought about in conjunction with the Consumer Products Safety Commission, an obscure bicycle add-on highlights old Murphy’s Law – than if something can go wrong, invariably, it will. Quality Bicycle Products of Bloomington, Minnesota has admitted to selling a number of faulty Civia Loring racks, which mount to the forks above the front fender of most bicycles.
Nipped in the Bud
Acting upon just one reported injury accident involving minor lacerations, the government and the corporation decided it was best to recall the racks (which are made of black aluminum tubing with bamboo side panels), as their mounting bracket had a tendency to crack and then give way so as to obstruct the front wheel of the bicycle while in motion. The units sold in stores across the country, for roughly $175, from
December 2009 through February 2011.
The first instinct of many consumers is to blame faulty products on cheap materials and labor from countries of origin like China, but the Civia Loring bike racks were actually made in Taiwan. Quality Bicycle Products has set up a toll-free hotline for consumers (1-877-311-7686) and also has information about a refund or exchange on their website. Despite their dedication to resolving the problem, the CPSC remains interested in any complaints or claims that might arise.