I expect any bike - for that matter any device, even a toy - to require some sort of constant care, even if only basic inspections. Bikes, skis, skateboards, even video games. Yup, I think parents should check power cords from time to time on video games, to see if junior or a pet has pulled it, chewed it, etc. Swing sets and outdoor play structures also pose many hazards and should be checked at least every season. Pacifiers for babies can be damaged, the rubber age and crack, and become a chocking hazard. Etc.
Originally Posted by Keith99
A parent who lets a kid ride a bike without checking it first (when new) and doing routine maintenance on it is being negligent.
There have been some legitimate questions about the assembly of these Walmart bikes, and the component quality, so I won't say that the lawsuit is completely frivolous. On the other hand we get comments like this:
Anthony's mother, Sandy Huber, said she regrets that she didn't take her son's bike back sooner after he crashed in September 2000. She said he had to tighten the lever on the quick-release mechanism almost every time he went for a ride. Her then-husband also tried to fix it. After the crash, she said, an insurance adjuster sent her a letter telling her that her son had been negligent.(Full Story
The parents admit to knowing something was wrong with the bike, did not have a mechanic look at it, and still let the kid ride it. I'd say the insurance adjuster called that one right. That's not to say that Walmart may not have some responsibility here, but the fault for the actual accident is the parents'. Seriously, how stupid are people today? Here's a clue: your kid will climb something, and ride that something, and may fall off. Maybe, just maybe, you as a parent should educate yourself as to the proper use and maintenance of that something.
Unfortunately no particular skill is needed to procreate, and all too often it is the result of irresponsibility in the first place.