SR Suntour, with headquarters in Vancouver, Washington, and Taiwan, has announced a voluntary recall of approximately 17,000 of its GT, Giant, and Trek Bicycles equipped with SR Suntour Suspension Forks due to a potential defect in the internal tubes supporting the suspension fork. This defective construction can cause the tubes to fracture, possibly compromising the rider’s ability to control the bicycle, increasing the odds of an accident that could cause injury or death. The manufacturer has received twelve consumer complaints regarding the suspension fork breaking during operation. Two injuries have been reported.
The bicycles affected by this recall were manufactured in China and sold for between $400 and $600 at specialty bicycle retail outlets nationwide from April 2011 through March 2012. They are labeled SR Suntour and the date code is imprinted on the back of the fork crown. The date codes of the affected products are: Giant 2011-2012 Revel 1 and Revel 1W CK110301 through CK110731; and GT 2012 Avalanche 4.0 and Avalanche 4.0 GTW and Trek 2012 3700D, and 3900D.
Owners of affected bicycles should discontinue their use and return them to authorized dealers for repair at no cost to the consumer.
As a personal injury attorney in San Bernardino, I hope this product is successfully recalled before anyone else is injured by this potential defect. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a malfunctioning product, please consider discussing your legal options with a Ventura personal injury lawyer.