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Cyclist alleges defective stem on handlebars caused accident, seeks damages from REI

Lawsuits

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 8, 2019

Bicycle

PITTSBURGH – A Pittsburgh woman alleges a defective stem on the handlebars of her bicycle failed and caused her to strike a concrete barrier.

Patricia Lilja filed a complaint in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas against Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) alleging negligence and strict liability.

According to the complaint, the defendant sold, installed and/or adjusted a stem on the handlebars of the plaintiffs' bicycle. The suit states the plaintiff was riding the bicycle July 7, 2018, in Pittsburgh when the stem's hinge failed, causing the handlebars to drop and the plaintiff to lose her balance. She alleges she hit a concrete barrier and fell.

The suit states the plaintiff incurred a fracture of her left ankle and other injuries as a result of the incident. She alleges the defendant failed to properly adjust the stem on her bicycle and failed to repair or replace the defective stem.

The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by Richard C. Levine of Ainsman Levine in Pittsburgh.

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