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‘Team Molly’ Parents Sue E-Bike Company Over Daughter’s Death

by Jersey Lady

The parents of the girl who died in an e-bike accident filed a wrongful death lawsuit Monday against Seattle e-bike company Rad Power Bikes.

Kaye and Jonathan Steinsapir, parents of Molly Steinsapir, who died last year at the age of 12, said in the lawsuit that a flaw in the bike’s design caused the rider to slow down and stop when the bike picked up speed on a descent. He claims that it has become difficult.

The lawsuit, which was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, also alleges that Rad Power Bikes was involved in “improper marketing of e-bikes to children,” and the company has “properly defended the dangers of children operating e-bikes.” He added that he neglected to “warn

A Rad Power Bikes spokesperson said in a statement: We are aware of the lawsuit filed by the family. Rad Power Bikes does not comment on pending lawsuits. “

The accident occurred on January 31, 2021, while Molly was riding with a friend in Los Angeles. later in the day, Twitter post Her mother, sent from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, asked for help. Please. Please. Please all pray for her daughter Molly. “

For the next 16 days, Steinsapir continued to post on Twitter while Molly, who suffered a traumatic brain injury, remained in the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit. Steinsapir’s tweets have been shared hundreds of thousands of times, forming his online community around the hashtag #TeamMolly.

When Molly passed away on February 15, her death sparked a wave of online discussions about grief and mourning, almost a year after the Covid-19 pandemic. 475,000 people in the United States

Molly was riding a RadRunner bike from Rad Power when she was involved in the accident.49 out of 57 pages instruction manual For models, you will see the warning “RadRunner is designed for use by persons over the age of 18”. On the Rad Power Bikes website, some bikes are described as suitable for riders taller than he is 4 feet 10 inches. It also includes pictures of children on bicycles. Without pedaling, the company’s e-bikes can go 20 miles per hour.

Rad Power Bikes was founded in 2007 by Mike Radenbaugh, who was in high school in Humboldt County, California. Now based in Seattle, he has raised over $300 million in funding from investors including Fidelity Management & Research.

Sales of e-bikes in the United States have skyrocketed in recent years, from 152,000 in 2016 to an estimated 804,000 by 2021, according to the National Bicycle Dealers Association, an industry group.a study A 2020 study published in the peer-reviewed journal Injury Prevention found that e-bike riders were more likely to require hospitalization after an accident than riders using manual bikes. “E-bikes are clearly associated with more serious injuries. Charles DiMaggioprofessor of surgery at New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine and author of the study.

The Steinspir family lawsuit also names Giro Sport Design, the maker of the helmet Molly wore. Giro’s parent company, Vista Outdoor, declined to comment.

Even if Mr. Stein Sapir Since her death, she has shared stories and photos of her daughter on social media, but she has not provided details of the accident.

Molly and her 11-year-old friend rode a RadRunner e-bike that belonged to the friend’s 13-year-old sister, the lawsuit states. According to complaints, her friend was operating her bike while Molly was riding on a flat rack over her rear wheel.

The two girls rode to the top of a hill they would not have been able to climb without the bike’s electric boost, the lawsuit says. The complaint says that after the friend turned the bike around and drove it down a hill, the bike “began to speed up rapidly and start to shake.” My friend said, “I applied the rear brake, but the bike didn’t slow down. Then I pulled the front brake, but the bike wouldn’t stop, and the front wheel started to wobble.” she lost control The girl was thrown The lawsuit alleges that the Rad Runner’s “disc brakes combined with a quick release mechanism for removing the front wheel” are a “known safety issue” in the bicycle industry.

Molly was lying unconscious on the road. Her paramedics took her to the hospital, where she underwent several brain surgeries. According to her complaint, she never regained consciousness.

Molly’s father, a lawyer, Michael jackson, and other entertainment industry clients. After his daughter’s death, Mr. Steinsapir wrote to Mr. Ladenborg, telling him about her daughter and adding that he and his wife, who is also a lawyer, wanted to avoid a lawsuit.

“We want to better understand what happened, why and how we can avoid future tragedies like this,” Steinsapir said in a letter included in the lawsuit. We recommend that you take a human conversation and not a lawyer-like conversation.” The lawsuit says the company’s response to Mr. Steinsapir’s letter was “unproductive.” The family sought damages in an amount determined by a jury.

In an interview, Molly’s parents said they felt obligated to prevent other family members from experiencing this type of loss.

“No amount of money can bring my daughter back,” Steinsapir said. “But we can no longer remain silent.”

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