We were recently approached by a young couple in their 20s from the north east of England. They had both purchased Raleigh mountain bikes from the website of retailer Argos but problems with their ‘his and hers’ Mission models became apparent soon after taking them for an initial ride.
Faults With Bicycle Mechanisms Became Apparent During Initial Use
The gears were noisy and clunky and neither bike offered a smooth ride and the chains on both bikes constantly came off. It was clear that the bikes were not suitable for use.
Unfortunately the faulty mechanisms on my female client’s bike caused her to fall off and sustain injuries to her lower body. She suffered a deep gash in her knee which has left permanent scarring.
The couple instructed Express Solicitors to bring a Product Liability claim against both the retailer Argos and manufacturer Raleigh. However I feel my client had a lucky escape as this could have quite easily turned into a road traffic accident with far more serious consequences.
Competitively Priced Bicycles Must Still Be Safe
While the Raleigh Mission bikes are competitively priced models it is still imperative that they are rigorously tested for any issues that could cause the rider to come off and cause injury. As many cyclists will take to the roads and cycle close to fast moving traffic serious accidents could occur if they cause a distraction or collision on a road.
If you have sustained an injury due to a defective product please contact us today to discuss your claim free of charge with a specialist Product Liability Solicitor.