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Thursday, November 03, 2005
By Yokota Fritz


I'm not quite sure what to think of this. Roxanne Berry has formed Stop Hurting Our Kids and is circulating a petition to get WalMart to stop selling bicycles because Wal-Mart "has been selling defective children’s bicycles that have a history of malfunctioning and causing permanent injuries to children."

The defect? The bikes are equipped with quick-release front wheels. Berry sued Wal-Mart after her ten-year-old son was injured while riding his bike to a friend's house. He did a face plant into the pavement when the front wheel popped out of the fork.

So, yeah, Wal-Mart is negligent in not providing an owner's manual and not providing instruction in safe use of the bike. They're also known for improper bike assembly. And Wal-Mart "Bike Shaped Objects" (BSO) are reviled by many cyclists as junk, though the vast majority of bike riders probably ride sub-$100 Wal-Mart bikes.

But to sue Wal-Mart for selling a bike with a useful quick-release feature will probably result in even bigger lawyer lips on our front forks.



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Comments:
New one:
http://www.madisonrecord.com/news/213237-wal-mart-sued-for-improperly-assembled-bicycle
at least she's not suing for quick-release
 
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