Faulty Pedals Prompt Recall of 4,100 Public Bikes Bicycles

Posted on April 5, 2012

I have another recall announcement to share with you this afternoon.

Public Bikes Inc., based right out of our city of San Francisco, has announced a recall of 4,100 2010, 2011, and 2012 bicycles.  The bikes were available at a number of Public Bikes dealers across the country, including the company’s home city and 16 other states.  They were also sold online.  The bicycles in question were sold between April 2010 and January of this year, and they retailed anywhere from $500 to $1,250.

The problem has to do with the bikes’ pedals, which were imported from Taiwan-based Wellgo Pedals Corporation.  Cracks can form in the pedals, and if they break, the rider is in danger of falling from the bike.  Already, 24 cracking incidents have been reported to the company, although thankfully, there have been no injuries as of yet.

18 models of bike are affected by the recall, encompassing both men’s and women’s units.  The chain guard or rear fender should say “Public” or “publicbikes.com,” and the pedals should say “Wellgo” on the top and bottom.  If you own the bike, it is advisable to stop usage at once and contact a dealer to receive a free pedal replacement.

I’m sorry to see yet another recall as San Francisco personal injury lawyer, especially from a company that’s based this close to home.  People rely on these items to convey them safely to and fro, and as a San Francisco car accident attorney, I know how dangerous a defect can be if it occurs while the biker is positioned along a busy roadway.  Stay safe out there, people.

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