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Kona Recalls Bicycles Due to Fall Hazard

Name of Product: Kona Wo bicycles

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/Kona-Recalls-Bicycles/

Recall Summary

Hazard: The bicycle fork can crack or break, posing a fall hazard.

Remedy: Repair

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bicycles and contact Kona or an authorized Kona dealer for a free replacement and installation of the bicycle fork.

Consumer Contact: Kona at 800-566-2872 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, online at http://www.konaworld.com and click on the 2014 Kona Wo Recall link under the Support tab for more information.

Photos available at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/Kona-Recalls-Bicycles/

Recall Details

Units: About 530

Description: This recall involves all 2014 Kona Wo bicycles with a charcoal black frame and silver decals. The word “Wo” is on the top tube of the frame and the word “Kona” is on the down tube of the frame and on the side of the seat.

Incidents/Injuries: Kona has received one report of the bicycle fork breaking at the junction of the crown. No injuries have been reported.

Sold at: Authorized Kona dealers nationwide from September 2013 through July 2014 for about $1,700.

Distributor: Kona Bicycle Company, of Ferndale, Wash.

Manufactured in: Taiwan

Retailers: If you are a retailer of a recalled product you have a duty to notify your customers of a recall. If you can, email your clients or include the recall information in your next marketing communication to your clients. Post any Recall Poster at your stores and contact the manufacturer to determine how you will handle any recalls.

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For Manufacturers

The legal relationship created between manufactures and US consumers

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Combination of a Products Liability statute, an Expert Witness Report that was just not direct enough and odd facts holds a retailer liable as manufacture for product defect.

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