Trek recalls nearly 1 million bikes due to injuries

Freeman Staff

April 22, 2015

Figure 1: Quick release lever open more than 180°
Graphic courtesy Consumer Product Safety Commission

WATERLOO - A recall for almost 1 million Trek bikes made with front disc brakes has been issued after one person’s injuries resulted in them becoming a quadriplegic, according to the recall issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on Wednesday.

The hazard associated with the front disc brakes, according to the commission, is an open quick release lever on the bicycle’s front wheel hub can come into contact with the front disc brake assembly, causing the front wheel to come to a sudden stop or separate from the bicycle, posing a risk of injury to the rider.

Figure 2: Quick release lever caught in front disc
Graphic courtesy Consumer Product Safety Commission

About 900,000 are being recalled in the U.S. and another 98,000 in Canada. This recall involves all models of Trek bicycles from model years 2000 through 2015 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, according to the recall. The affected models were sold from about September 1999 through April 2015 for between $480 and $1,650.

As a result of the problematic part, Trek reported three injuries, including one incident resulting in quadriplegia, another in facial injuries and a third with a fractured wrist.

Quick release lever being replaced
Photo courtesy Consumer Product Safety Commission

Trek is offering a $20 coupon to each owner who is affected by the recall, which is redeemable by Dec. 31, 2015 toward any Bontrager merchandise. Consumers should stop using the bicycles immediately and contact an authorized Trek retailer for free installation of a new quick release on the front wheel.

For more information, call Trek at 800-373-4594 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.trekbikes.com and click on Safety & Recalls at the bottom of the page.