What! This is a total case of over-protection of kids in society. If my kids don't ride in the dirt and fall off, it's been a boring ride. And doing tree wees is an under 10 yr olds right! As is throwing stuff into the creek. It's what Where the Wild Things Are was all about!
Bicycles are note fitted with a precautionary 'Warning' decal as required in the Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1927:1998. This recall only applies to bicycles sold in Australia.
jesus, it's only a sticker, I guess Giant are covering their arses in case they get sued........
What should consumers do?
Return the bicycle to the store of purchase or any authorised Giant Bicycle retailer to have the decal fitted.
Given how busy most people with young kids are that's really going to be top of the list of things to do on the weekend!
Totally justified in my books. I saw kids as young as 3 on bikes just like those with training wheels attempting the Downhill course at the MTB champs on the weekend. It was a total bloodbath. No helmets either (dont get me started). Parents were horrified when an Australian Standards officer turned up and explained that a warning decal was missing from the bikes. "Of course you weren't expected to use your common sense" the officer was heard to tell one mother sobbing over her grazed and bleeding child. Armed guards were later seen at the entrance to KMart and BigW as irate parents arrived with their lawyers to commence legal action.
Ha, did you see my kid doing it? He doesn't even have cranks or a chain, let alone a sticker!!
well I suppose to get a BMX bike with out the not subtable for stunting sticker costs a lot more.
I wonder if people really thought they were buying an off road bike would they be able to return it as not fit for purpose?
Personally I dont think the bike dealers will be overwelmed thit irate parents demanding the sticker is fited to their child's bike.
It seems likely the typical 4-5 year old that are likely to ride these bikes would not be able to read and understand the sticker anyway.
Was it a slow day for a public servant somewhere?
It raises the interesting issue if there is a standard the bikes have to meet to be sold in Australia.
What level of not meeting the standard would be acceptable.
How will the people who did a gray import on their bike manage without this sticker ;-)
It dose seem a good case for a smaller public service.
ACCC have been doing secret and not so secret audits of bikes in bike stores. making sure there are bells reflectors and my favorite instructions on how to install the bike. Which is good considering bike stores cant sell an incomplete bike. I wonder if department stores got audited?
The mind boggles.
But what is more astounding is that I'll bet there is some kind of legal battle lurking in the background that has sparked this action. Even car manufacturers weigh up the cost of a recall over the cost of legal battles resulting from the likely death of their consumers, often opting to leave the faults out their and just pay if necessary.
I wonder if you allowed to go to the shop and get a decal and fit it yourself or if that voids the warranty ?
Haha! Good question :-D