"That's what caused his accident," [mother] Cheryl Abplanalp said. "The front tire literally dropped off the bike."
In trial testimony, a Wal-Mart claims adjuster said she saw a pattern of such accidents, blaming them on small children who pulled the quick-release lever.
Mommy, Mommy - I don't want to die
I'm not really a "Jesus Christ - why don't nobody just take responsibility for hisself nowadays?!?" kinda guy, but give me a break. If a kid releases the quick-release, then it's not defective - it did what it was supposed to do. I don't like siding with Wal-Mart, but I side with Wal-Mart on this one. From experience, I know these bikes come with multiple warnings (on the bike and in the manual), and that quick-releases don't just work themselves loose.