Consumer Product Safety

Press release 2011.12.08 [Preventing Bicycle Accidents (Promoting Consumer Awareness)]

Preventing Bicycle Accidents (Promoting Consumer Awareness)

National Institute of Technology and Evaluation
Product Safety Technology Center
December 8, 2011

NITE (National Institute of Technology and Evaluation; President: Itaru Yasui) gave a presentation for the media on preventing accidents involving induction cooking stoves as shown in the attached materials

1. Press release

Release date:
December 8, 2011
Title:
Preventing Bicycle Accidents (Promoting Consumer Awareness)
Publisher:
Product Safety Technology Center
Summary:
Out of all the product accidents reported to the Product Safety Technology Center at NITE, the number of bicycle accidents (*1) that took place during the five years from fiscal 2006 to fiscal 2010 reached 540 (*2). These accidents can be classified by damage level, including five accidents with casualties, 160 with severe injuries and 232 with minor injuries.
From among these 540 bicycle accidents, 192 cases are classified as accidents not caused by the product or accidents due to an unknown cause. In this way serious accidents with casualties and severe injuries account for a significantly high proportion.
Excluding cases under investigation, the following types of accidents can often be seen in the remaining 324 accidents.
[1]
Losing balance on a downhill stretch or a bend in the road
[2]
Loose parts falling off or getting damaged because they have not been tightened sufficiently
[3]
Cracks in the frame caused by a crash or other shock that expand after repeated loading
[4]
Something catching in the front wheel
[5]
Damage caused by an excessive shock or load
Accidents involving bicycles are increasing, but many of them can be prevented by proper use or daily checks. Accordingly, NITE has decided to draw consumer attention to these to encourage proper use and prevent accidents.
(*1)
Excluding traffic accidents
(*2)
Number excluding overlapping cases or non-applicable cases at September 30, 2011
Press briefing paper in Japanese

For more information;
National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE)
Product Safety Technology Center, Product Safety Investigation Division

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