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SAN FRANCISCO, US (Feb 15) – A civil jury has rejected claims that US retail-giant Wal-Mart knowingly sold shoddy Chinese-built bicycles involved in crashes that injured children. The panel ended its third day of deliberation in Marin County, just north of San Francisco, with a ruling in favor of the nation’s largest retailer and the […]

SAN FRANCISCO, US (Feb 15) – A civil jury has rejected claims that US retail-giant Wal-Mart knowingly sold shoddy Chinese-built bicycles involved in crashes that injured children.

The panel ended its third day of deliberation in Marin County, just north of San Francisco, with a ruling in favor of the nation’s largest retailer and the California-based bicycle importer Dynacraft BSC Inc.

The parents of 10 US children had filed suit accusing Wal-Mart and Dynacraft of fraud and negligence for supplying children with ‘dangerous bicycles.’

Wal-Mart and Dynacraft have vouched for the quality of the bicycles and countered the reason front wheels popped off, sending children face-first over handlebars, was ‘rider error.’

The children or whoever was watching over them didn’t set the quick-release mechanisms for the front wheels correctly, according to the companies.

Parents contended the releases on the Chinese-built bicycles were faulty and that they weren’t properly warned about the importance of securing front wheels in place.

An eight-week-long trial ended with jurors siding with Wal-Mart and Dynacraft.

‘While I am disappointed by the verdict, my team and I feel strongly that we brought an important safety issue to light with this case,’ said plaintiff’s attorney Mark Webb.

For the industry, this outcome has stopped a witchhunt, as we experienced in the 90’s, resulting in the wheel retention hooks on front forks, nicknamed ‘lawyers’ lips’.

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