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April 21, 2015 – Close to one million Trek bicycles have been recalled in the United State and Canada. The mass recall comes after three accidents have been caused by a malfunction in Trek bicycles sold between 2000 and 2015 equipped with front disc brakes and a black or silver quick release lever. All of the accidents included injuries, some to the face, a fractured wrist and one that left the rider a permanent quadriplegic.
Trek’s safety recall notice (pdf) states:
“Some Trek bicycles were sold equipped with disc brakes and a front quick release lever that opens past 180° (fig. 1). If the quick release is improperly adjusted or left open on a bicycle which also has a front disc brake, the quick release lever can become caught in the front disc brake assembly (fig. 2). If this happens, the front wheel could separate or come to a sudden stop and the rider could lose control of the bicycle.”
Trek advises that consumers who have purchased a Trek bicycle in the last 15 years stop using it immediately and visit an authorized Trek dealer for a free inspection. If it’s found that the quick release system needs to be repaired, a free replacement and installation will be provided. You can contact Trek at (800) 373-4594 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at www.trekbikes.com and click on Safety & Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information.
If you or someone you know suffered an injury as the result of an accident that occurred on a Trek bicycle, contact our law firm as soon as possible. You may be entitled to compensation. Partner Randy Knutson, is well versed in bicycle related cases and will be able to answer any questions that you have.