Trek recalls nearly 1 million bikes with front disc brakes for faulty quick-releases

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Bike maker Trek is recalling quick-release levers that, when not secured, can get tangled in front disc brakes.

Quick release lever caught in disc brake

Quick release lever caught in disc brake

The faulty quick-release lever design has caused at least three injury accidents. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that one accident victim is now a quadriplegic.

The Waterloo, Wisc.-based bike maker urges anyone who owns a bike with the faulty quick-release levers to stop riding the bike and contact a local Trek dealer, where a replacement quick release will be installed free of charge. Further, those who bring in their bikes will receive a $20 coupon that’s redeemable toward Bontrager brand merchandise.

The recall involves 900,000 units in the US and another 90,000 in Canada. It involves all models of Trek bicycles from 2000 to 2015 that were equipped with front disc brakes.

The problem occurs when the black or silver quick-release lever on the front hub is either left open or improperly adjusted and pops open. The lever gets caught in the disc brake, causing the bike to stop abruptly or the wheel comes off.

Quick release

Quick release

If you’re not sure how to adjust the Trek quick releases, you can see videos on YouTube for quick releases with washers and without washers.

Bicycles with quick-release levers that do not open more than 180 degrees from a closed position are not included in the recall.

For more information, contact Trek at (800) 373-4594 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (CT) Monday through Friday, or check online at Trek Bikes and click on Safety & Recalls at the bottom of the page.

The quick releases were manufactured in Taiwan, and the bikes were made in China or Taiwan.


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