Roughly 1,000 cargo bicycles have been recalled after reports suggest that design defects may allow riders feet to become caught in the rear wheel while riding, posing a a serious crash and injury risk.
The Yuba Cargo Bike recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on March 20, after at least two reports were received of passengers having their feet caught in the rear wheel.
The bicycles have a passenger seat that is located behind and below the rider, above the back wheel. The tube framework of the bike is the only guard between the rear wheel and where the passengers legs would be located, allowing for clothing and feet to become easily trapped in the wheel spokes of the bikes.
The recall consists of Mundo V4 cargo bikes with serial numbers ranging from ADA11A008000 to ACA12D018000, which can be located on the kickstand plate. The bicycles measure 26 inches and have a steel frame with aluminum fenders on the front and rear wheels and a wooden utility rack mounted above the cargo rack. The bikes were sold in blue, black, or orange and have the “Mundo” printed on the bicycle frames top tube and “Yuba” printed on the down tube.
The recalled bikes were manufactured in China and imported by Yuba Bicycles, of Sausalito, California where they were distributed and sold by various bicycle dealers nationwide and online by Yuba Bicycles from May 2011 through December 2012 for about $1,100.
Consumers have been advised to immediately stop using the recalled cargo bikes immediately and contact Yuba Bicycles at (877) 889-9822 or visit them online at www.yubabikes.com and navigate to the “Mundo V4.9 recall” link to schedule a free wheel cover/wheel-skirt installment.