PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Nearly one-million Trek bikes in the United States and Canada are being recalled after a person was paralyzed.
The recall affects 900,000 bikes in the United States, and 98,000 in Canada.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports the recall involves 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.
There is a diagram of the disc brakes here.
According to Trek Bicycle spokesperson, at the center of the issue is a quick release lever whose arm has a throw greater than 180 degrees. “If left open or improperly adjusted, the arm can become caught in a front disc brake.”
Bicycles with front quick release levers that do not open a full 180 degrees from the closed position are not included in this recall.
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.
Consumers should stop using the bicycles immediately and contact an authorized Trek retailer for a free inspection.
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Trek Bicycle officials say any bike found with the recalled quick release lever and disc brake combination will have the quick release changed for free. Also, in addition to the free replacement, they are offering every customer who has the quick release replaced, a $20 coupon good for Bontrager-brand bike accessories.