Trek recalls bicycles equipped with front disc brakes to replace quick release lever due to crash hazard

Bicycle manufacturer Trek have recalled nearly one million bikes following a number of incidents, one of which, left a cyclist with quadriplegic injuries according to reports.

The recall involves all models of Trek bicycles from model years 2000 through to 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.

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 explained the reason for the recall, in a recall notice, prepared in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety commission, saying:

“Some Trek bicycles were sold equipped with disc brakes and a front quick-release lever that opens past 180°. 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. If this happens, the front wheel could separate or come to a sudden stop and the rider could lose control of the bicycle.”

As well as recalling bikes in the US and Canada, Trek bikes have been widely sold in the EU, including the UK and it is estimated that a maximum of 692,000 bikes may be affected, although this is yet to be confirmed.

Consumer product liability lawyer Meera Lachani says; ‘Companies are to be commended on issuing voluntary recalls and responding quickly to reports of injuries that have alleged to be caused by their products. However, if the Consumer has complied with instructions and has been injured, they are entitled to know what caused their injuries and if they could have been prevented.’

Consumer product liability lawyer Meera Lachani says; “Companies are to be commended on issuing voluntary recalls and responding quickly to reports of injuries that may have been caused by their products.

“However, if the Consumer has complied with instructions and they have sustained an injury , they are entitled to know what caused their injuries and if they could have been prevented.”