Trek is recalling nearly one million bicycles equipped with front disc brakes due to a crash hazard. The recall involves all models of Trek bicycles from model years 2000 through 2015. About 900,000 units in the U.S. and 98,000 in Canada are affected by the recall. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an open quick release lever on the bike’s front wheel hub can come into contact with the front disc brake assembly. This will cause the front wheel to come to a sudden stop or separate from the bicycle. This poses a risk of injury to the rider.
Which bikes are affected?
Included in this recall are those bikes equipped with front disc brakes and a black or silver quick release lever on the front wheel hub. This lever opens far enough to make contact with the disc brake. However, bicycles with front quick release levers that do not open a full 180 degrees from the closed position are excluded. Trek has received three incidents, all including injuries specifically quadriplegia, facial injuries and a fractured wrist from this recall.
The recalled bicycles were manufactured in Taiwan and China while the quick release was manufactured in Taiwan. These were imported by Trek Bicycle Corporation of Waterloo, Wisconsin. The bikes were sold at various bicycle stores nationwide from about September 1999 through April 2015 for between $480 and $1,650.
What you should do about this bike recall
Owners of the recalled bicycles are advised to immediately stop using the bikes and contact an authorized Trek retailer for free installation of a new quick release on the front wheel. The good news is that consumers involved in this recall will be given a $20 coupon toward any Bontrager merchandise. The coupon is redeemable until December 31, 2015.
Trek can be reached at (800) 373-4594 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday. Customers can also visit its website at www.trekbikes.com and click on Safety & Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information.
This not the first time that Trek has recalled its products. In 2013, Trek recalled 120,000 bicycles due to faulty forks that could cause injury. Trek received 28 reports of broken equipment, including five injuries from that product recall.