Bad bolt leads to big Trek bicycle recall in US and Canada

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Trek Bicycle is recalling 27,000 bicycles — such as the 7.2 FX WSD at left — in the US and Canada to fix a bolt that clamps the saddle to the seatpost. The bolt can break, causing the bicycle rider to fall.

Trek and consumer protection agencies in the US and Canada are urging consumers to stop riding the bicycles until they can contact a Trek dealer for a free replacement bolt.

The recall affects 16 brands of 2012 model Trek FX and District bikes sold between May and September this year for $550 to $1,100. Most of the bikes were sold in the US.

Trek received four reports of accidents related to the faulty bolt in the US; one resulted in an injury, according to the US Consumer Protection Agency.

The 2012 models, manufactured in China, in the recall are 7.2 FX WSD, 7.2 FX, 7.3 FX Disc WSD, 7.3 FX WSD, 7.3 FX Disc, 7.3 FX, 7.4 FX WSD, 7.4 FX, 7.5 FX Disc, 7.5 FX WSD, 7.5 FX, Livestrong FX, Livestrong FX WSD, 9th District, Livestrong District, District.

Owners can identify the model year by the checking the SKU number stamped on the bottom bracket. If it ends in “12,” it is a 2012 bicycle.

In the US or Canada, contact Trek at 800-373-4594 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central Time Monday through Friday, or see the company's safety notice at Trek Bikes.

More details at the U.S. Consumer Protection Commission or Health Canada.

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