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BPSA works with CPSC on QR issue

Published June 24, 2015
Suppliers invited to participate in industrywide group to address recall.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association this week sent a letter to its members informing them about efforts underway with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to address front-wheel quick-release safety following a Trek recall this spring.

The previous recall involved bikes with a QR lever that opens wider than 180 degrees and that when improperly left open can be caught in the front disc brake. The QR is a commonly spec’d part on bikes from many manufacturers, and those manufacturers may also be affected by the issue identified in the recall.  As such, the BPSA is reaching out to suppliers to invite participation in a group discussion with the CPSC.

“CPSC’s rules on reporting require disclosures to be made when a company has reason to believe a product may contain a hazard, even if there is no record of harm or injury caused by the company’s product,” said George Constantine, a lawyer from Venable LLP and counsel to the BPSA. 

“A group of companies have gotten together and talked collectively to the CPSC about a coordinated, multi-company approach on the issue. The CPSC has welcomed this group-based discussion and has encouraged the BPSA to invite other bike suppliers to participate,” Constantine added.

Company representatives interested in finding out more about the group and how to join should contact Constantine at (202) 344-4790 no later than June 29.

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