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Mercedes-Benz Bicycles Australian Product Safety Recall

Mercedes-Benz bicycle recall

An illustrative image of a Mercedes-Benz bicycle recalled in Australia

The complete, yes you read that right, range of Mercedes-Benz bicycles have been recalled by Product Safety Recalls Australia in-cooperation with Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific Pty Ltd due to a missing cautionary label, well not just a missing label but not a lot more than that. It seems the good folk at Mercedes-Benz might be able to build cars but they cannot, it seems exactly skilled at assembling bicycles.

Mercedes-Benz Poor Bicycle Assembly Skills

Product Safety Recalls Australia are advising that all models of Mercedes-Benz bicycles sold in Australia are missing the cautionary label regarding handlebar misalignment, that the brake lever connections are reversed (i.e., the back brake is connected to the right brake lever and the front brake is connected to the left lever and whoops you may not stop to well) and the bicycles were not supplied with reflectors (you know those dorky things on the wheels you remove … seriously grounds for a recall?

I am assuming that the real issue of concern is the brake levers which for a more experienced bicycle rider may result in the grabbing of the rear brake instead of the front one.

All Mercedes-Benz bicycle models are affected by the recall. The part numbers (such a car industry approach) are:

B66450043
B66450044
B66450045
B67876176-6178
B66450046-0048
B66450049-0051
B66450023-0025
B66450015-0017

Mercedes-Benz Bicycle Recall: Action to take

Consumers who have purchased any Mercedes-Benz bicycle should return the bicycle to any authorised Mercedes-Benz dealer who will arrange repairs free of charge.

If you have a Mercedes-Benz bicycles recalled, do please let us know your experience with the recall.

You are most welcome to share your thoughts via the comments box below.

6 Responses to Mercedes-Benz Bicycles Australian Product Safety Recall

  1. homebrandcola January 2, 2015 at 9:40 AM #

    I didn’t know the left/right front/rear brake combos were stipulated by anything other than common sense. I know the standard for us is left hand rear, and that is different to Europe, but that would require a product recall? Sticker, well OH&S. Reflectors, OH&S. Fairly random. Almost guess they should an EU model here and assumed they wouldn’t need to make any changes, not like swapping left hand drive to right hand drive in their cars.

  2. Kevin Balaam January 2, 2015 at 10:34 AM #

    IMO, left lever operating the front brake is safer. Unlike the back wheel, the front wheel rarely locks up under heavy braking. Also, riders are legally required to use hand signals for right turns. Operating the front wheel while using hand signals allows us to maintain the ability to stop while turning right.

  3. John Hawkins January 2, 2015 at 5:44 PM #

    In my *experience* hooking the front wheel under you when using it to brake while signalling and turning is a material risk. So while you might not brake as effectively as with a front brake, the prospect of hitting the pavement is much reduced by putting the non-signalling hand with the rear brake, per thé Australian Standards.

    This is much less of a fail by the local distributor than it is by the German (or Taiwanese) builder sending the bikes to a right-hand-drive country with the brakes configured this way. These bikes are not shiped as a bare frame, but as complete bikes. It is not usually a matter of reversing the brakes, commonly the hoses have to be taken off, swapped and reconnected, and then system then bled.

    That said, the local distro should have picked it and complained to Mercedes, and fixed it prior to release to retailers.

    As for reflectors and all that crap, not required if the bike is intended for racing as many of these would be. For high end bikes they’re not usually fitted ex factory, they’re loose in the bag with the skewers and most serious bike shops don’t bother putting them on. Í didn’t even get a bell with my last purchase, and I’m fine with that. ACCC has potentially overstepped the law here.

    • Kevin Balaam January 4, 2015 at 3:38 PM #

      Not sure what you mean by “hooking the front wheel”, but “experience” sounds like something went wrong! Were you ok?

  4. Geraldine Box January 4, 2015 at 3:26 PM #

    Bicycle builders (and cyclists) beware. I foresee that many more auto companies will start to flood the market with their design in bicycles, particularly e-bikes as more urban people switch to cycling in cities due to traffic and fuel concerns. (Despite the current constructed dip in fuel prices, oil will not last.)
    Cyclists need to ensure they are getting the bicycles that we require not ones which are in the minds of the auto industry who might think they know what makes a good bicycle.

  5. Marc January 13, 2015 at 5:41 PM #

    I remember my mountain bike front brake where the other way around compared to my motocycle front brake and hence I’ve swopped the cables on the bike. I still prefer braking the front wheel with my right hand.

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