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Trek Recalls Bicycles Equipped with Front Disc Brakes to Replace Quick Release Lever Due to Crash Hazard

This is going to be the first of many from bicycle and wheel manufacturers.

Name of Product: Trek bicycles equipped with front disc brakes

Hazard: 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.

Remedy: Replace

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. Trek will provide each owner who participates in the recall with a $20 coupon that is redeemable by December 31, 2015 toward any Bontrager merchandise.  (The coupon has no cash value.)

Consumer Contact: Trek at (800) 373-4594 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at http://www.trekbikes.com and click on Safety & Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information.

Recall Details

Units: About 900,000 in the U.S. and 98,000 in Canada

Description: 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 (see Figures 1 and 2).  Bicycles with front quick release levers that do not open a full 180 degrees from the closed position, are not included in this recall.

Incidents/Injuries: Trek reports three incidents, all including injuries. One incident resulted in quadriplegia.  One incident resulted in facial injuries.  One incident resulted in a fractured wrist. 

Sold at: Bicycle stores nationwide from about September 1999 through April 2015 for between $480 and $1,650.

Importer: Trek Bicycle Corporation, of Waterloo, Wis.

Manufactured in:   Taiwan and China  (bicycles)

Manufactured in: Taiwan (quick release)

Retailers: If you are a retailer of a recalled product you have a duty to notify your customers of a recall. If you can, email your clients or include the recall information in your next marketing communication to your clients. Post any Recall Poster at your stores and contact the manufacturer to determine how you will handle any recalls.

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