Quality Bicycle Products Recalls Bike Carrier Racks

The Bloomington-based parts and accessories distributor received one report of a carrier rack bracket breaking while a rider was on a bike-which resulted in minor cuts.

Following minor injuries sustained by a rider, Bloomington-based Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) has voluntarily recalled a bicycle carrier rack that it imported from Taiwan.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday that QBP recalled approximately 100 Civia Loring bicycle racks because the racks' mounting brackets can crack or break. When this happens, the rack can fall onto the front wheel, which could cause the rider to fall off the bicycle.

QBP has received one report of a rack bracket breaking while a rider was on a bike, and it resulted in minor cuts, according to the commission.

Civia Loring bike racks have black aluminum tubing with bamboo panels and mount to the bike's front fork. The word “Civia” is printed on the rack's side panels. The products were sold at independent bicycle stores nationwide from December 2009 through February 2011 and retailed for about $175.

Customers who bought the racks are advised to remove them from bikes immediately and contact the store where they were purchased for a full refund or replacement.

QBP, founded 30 years ago, is a well-known parts and accessories distributor that serves more than 5,000 dealers nationwide. Its founder, Steve Flagg, was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Upper Midwest in 2008. Flagg also won the University of Minnesota's Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2010.