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Mountain bikes recalled for broken hubs

Mountain bike enthusiasts in Louisiana should pay close attention to a recent recall. GT downhill mountain bicycle owners are urged to stop using the bikes that were sold between February 2014 and June 2014. Although no injuries have been reported, use should be discontinued.

The company that imports the bikes is the Cycling Sports Group Inc., of Wilton, Connecticut. Thus far, Cycling Sports has received five reports of broken hubs. The bikes that are at risk are the Fury Expert, which is blue with red and white accents. The other recalled model is the Fury Team, which is black with lime green and blue accents. The model names of the bikes can be found in small letters on the top tube of the bicycles, above the word Fury.

Consumers that are concerned about this recall should return the bikes to the nearest authorized GT dealer. The dealers will replace the complete front and rear wheels at no charge. Any additional questions can be directed to Cycling Sports Group's website, which is found at www.gtbicycles.com, and click on the Recalls and Safety tab. It is estimated that over 100 bikes have been sold throughout the United States.

In the case of Cycling Sports, a recall has been issued before a defective product injured a consumer. However, this is not always the case. Injured consumers have a right to compensation for lost wages and medical bills by filing a claim for product liability. An attorney can help victims determine if there is a valid claim and then guide clients through the highly technical world of product liability cases.

Source: www.cpsc.gov, "Cycling Sports Group Recalls GT Brand Mountain Bicycles Due to Crash, Injury Hazards," July 17, 2014

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