As May marks National Bike Month, the cyclist community received significant news regarding the safety of one of the major manufacturers of bikes in the world, Trek Bicycle Corporation.
As reported by the USA Today, Trek is recalling 900,000 bikes in the United States and 98,000 bikes in Canada coming on the heels of a life-altering accident leaving a rider paralyzed, and a few others injured in separate accidents involving their front wheel brake levers.
According to WLTX-TV report, Trek is recalling all models built from 1999 to 2015 and equipped with front disc brakes, and a black or silver quick release lever on the front wheel hub, where that lever can open beyond 180 degrees and contact the disc brake.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall last week after three reported accidents had sustained facial injuries, fractured wrist, and the aforementioned paralyzed rider.
If you currently use a Trek bike bought within this timeframe, immediately check your model and if the front wheel system matches the description. The company has asked consumers to promptly stop using the bike and find an authorized Trek retailer for free installation of a quick release lever on the front wheel.
These bikes were sold nationwide from September 1999 through April 2015, priced anywhere between $480 and $1,650.
You can also visit their website at www.trekbikes.com and click on Safety & Recalls at the bottom of the page, or call their toll-free number 800-373-4594 for more information.
For consumers, product recalls deserve immediate attention. It is also incumbent upon the consumer to be his or her own “watchdog,” as many product recalls do not hit headlines. Companies’ supply chains do not always work as swiftly as we’d like and product liability can cause you or your family significant injury.