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Brand New - Kids Schwinn Deelite Cruiser Bike 20" – Purple
Sports and Recreation
Cycling, Scooters, Skateboards & Skates
Bicycles and Accessories, (Excl.mountain or All-terrain) (5040)
PACIFIC CYCLE, INC    
Schwinn
Kids Schwinn Deelite Cruiser Bike 20" – Purple
 
 
Target
Unspecified
2/26/2017 This date is an estimate
We bought our 5 turning 6 year old daughter the Kids Schwinn Deelite Cruiser Bike 20" – Purple. The second day of her riding the bike, her leg became trapped between the peddle arm and the bike frame.

I was unable to advance the peddle forward given the position of her leg and the relative angle of the peddle arm. Any attempt caused her pain and there was no clearance to free her leg. The only option was to disassemble the kickstand and rear wheel to allow the peddle to rotate in the opposite direction. Thankfully we were in our driveway and I had access to the necessary tools. Had this happened at the park or ride trail, we would have had to call the fire department to cut the peddle arm off the bike to free her leg.

Understandably children that are first learning to ride will tend to take a spill or two. However, I cannot understand how a child’s bike is designed that would their leg to become trapped? Especially to the point where I had to disassemble the rear portion of the bike to remove her leg.
3/12/2017
Home/Apartment/Condominium 
Injury→Injury, No First Aid or Medical Attention Received
My Child
Female
5 years
Yes
No
No
Yes
N/A
Comment from PACIFIC CYCLE, INC 3/23/2017
We are sorry to hear about your recent experience with one of our products. However, it appears that the issue you have reported is not a defect with the bike, but rather a characteristic of a rear coaster brake that prevents the rider from freewheeling the pedals in the reverse direction, as a rider could do while riding a bicycle equipped only with hand brakes. Coaster brakes are a common feature that has been widely used in the bike industry for many decades due to its simple, effective and durable design, which to allows the rider to brake using his or her foot by simply applying back pressure on the pedals as if attempting to pedal in the opposite direction. Hand brakes can be more difficult for some children to operate, especially when first learning to ride a bicycle.

All of our bicycles models sold in the United States are tested to ensure compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Commission requirements for bicycles. We use coaster brakes on many of our bikes and particularly so on the smaller size sidewalk bikes where we are required by law to have a rear brake. To comply with the law further requires that sidewalk bikes shall not have handbrakes only. As a result, the only viable rear brake available for a Sidewalk Bicycle is a coaster brake.

If there is anything else we can do for you or if you need more information, please contact us at customerservice@pacific-cycle.com or call 1-800-626-2811

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