Trek, a bicycle manufacturing company, has recalled all models it produced between 1999 and 2015 due to a serious fall hazard posed to consumers. The recall applies to all Trek models that come equipped with front disc brakes.
A defective, open quick release lever that is located on the front wheel hub causes the fall hazard. This lever can contact the front disc brake and when this happens, the front wheel can stop suddenly or even disconnect from the bicycle fully. This defect has the capacity to cause serious injury, and in some cases, already has.
The recall includes nearly 1 million bicycles. They were sold anywhere between $480 and $1,650. So far, three injuries have been reported to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The product defect caused a bike rider to fall, breaking their vertebrae. This resulted in quadriplegia, or paralysis of all four limbs. There have been at least ten reports of the wheels coming into contact with the disc brakes, and more injuries have been caused.
Other consumers have sustained fractured or broken wrists and facial injuries. Trek has complied with the CPSC and has recommended to consumers who own a recalled model to immediately discontinue use. The company, through its retail locations, is offering free installations of a safe quick release on the front bicycle wheel. According to the manufacturer, this new lever will not collide with the front wheel and should not pose a fall hazard. The company is also offering consumers a $20 coupon if they participate in the recall.
To view the recall posted by the CPSC, click here. Because the company has voluntarily recalled its products, we hope that further injuries can be avoided. If you own a Trek bicycle and are going to pursue repairs, it is important to make sure that you visit an authorized Trek retailer. In the meantime, please remember to not use your Trek bicycle to avoid any dangerous fall hazard.
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