Defect Causes Recall of 600 Tektro TL-83 Bike Brake Levers

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A problem that could cause a bicycle to be unable to stop has prompted the recall of hundreds of units.

This recall affects those bicycles equipped with Tektro TL-83 bicycle brake levers produced in China and imported by the Morgan Hill, California-based Specialized Bicycle Components.  Around 600 units are affected by the defect, which concerns the brake cable and adjuster cap.  These two components can fall out of their proper place, causing the brakes to cease functioning.  This lack of braking ability would pose an obvious crash hazard to the rider.

Only one report of a rider losing the ability to brake has come to the firm’s attention thus far, and there have yet to be reported injuries.

2010 and 2011 S-Works Shiv bicycle frames came equipped with the TL-83s, as did S-Works Shiv TT frames of the 2012 model year.  The levers were also sold independently as a service part.  The lever arm reads TL-720.

The components were available from April 2010 to this past February at Specialized Bicycle Components retailers.  The individual brake levers only cost about $80, but the frames that were equipped with them cost from $5,500 to $6,100.  Riders are being advised to cease usage and to obtain a replacement from a retailer.

I’m a big proponent of bicycle safety as a personal injury lawyer in Fresno.  A rider is put in mortal danger if a defect occurs, especially along a roadway.  That’s why it’s my wish as a Fresno car accident attorney that all motorists give bicyclists proper leeway.