Trek Bicycle has recalled nearly 1 million bikes in the United States and Canada after a rider was paralyzed and two others have been injured because of a defect.
The recall, issued Tuesday, affects 900,000 bicycles in the U.S. and 98,000 in Canada from model years 2000 through 2015.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said: The bikes’ front wheels can “come to a sudden stop” or separate from the bicycle if the open quick release lever on the front wheel hub comes into contact with the front disc brake assembly.
One person has been left a quadriplegic from the defect, the Commission said. Another rider sustained injuries to the face, and another incident resulted in a fractured wrist.
To the people who bring in their bicycles for the recall, Trek has stated that the process takes less than five minutes. They also stated that: “We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused you.” “We value you as a customer and want you to safely enjoy cycling on your Trek bicycle.”
Which models are being recalled?
All Trek bicycles from model years 2000 through 2015 that are equipped with front disc brakes and a black or silver quick release lever on the front wheel hub that opens far enough to contact the disc brake. Trek has further indicated that bicycles with front quick release levers that do not open a full 180 degrees from the closed position are not included in this recall.
If I have one of these bikes, what should I do?
Stop using the bicycle immediately and contact an authorized Trek retailer for free installation of a new quick release on the front wheel. Trek’s safety and recall hotline can be reached by calling: 800-373-4594.
What can happen?
When an open quick release lever on the bike’s front wheel hub comes into contact with the front disc brake assembly, the front wheel can come to a sudden stop or separate from the bicycle.
And there’s a bonus.
Trek will provide each owner who participates in the recall with a $20 coupon that is redeemable by Dec. 31 toward any Bontrager merchandise.
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