Trek Recalls Bicycles Equipped with Front Disc Brakes to Replace Quick Release Lever Due to Crash Hazard

An open quick release lever on the front wheel hub can contact the front disc brake, stop the bike suddenly and cause a crash. Serious injuries reported.

Recall date: April 21, 2015
Recall number: 15-118
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  • Figure 1: Quick release lever open more than 180°

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    Figure 1: Quick release lever open more than 180°

  • Figure 2: Quick release lever caught in front disc

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    Figure 2: Quick release lever caught in front disc

  • Trek bicycle

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    Trek bicycle

  • Quick release lever being replaced

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    Quick release lever being replaced

Recall Summary

Name of product:

Trek bicycles equipped with front disc brakes

Hazard:

An open quick release lever on the bicycle’s front wheel hub can come into contact with the front disc brake assembly, causing the front wheel to come to a sudden stop or separate from the bicycle, posing a risk of injury to the rider.

Consumer Contact:

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

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Recall Details

In conjunction with

Units

About 900,000 in the U.S. and 98,000 in Canada

Description

This recall involves all models of 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 (see Figures 1 and 2).  Bicycles with front quick release levers that do not open a full 180 degrees from the closed position, are not included in this recall.

Incidents/Injuries

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.

Remedy

Consumers should stop using the bicycles immediately and contact an authorized Trek retailer for free installation of a new quick release on the front wheel. Trek will provide each owner who participates in the recall with a $20 coupon that is redeemable by December 31, 2015 toward any Bontrager merchandise.  (The coupon has no cash value.)

Sold at

Bicycle stores nationwide from about September 1999 through April 2015 for between $480 and $1,650.

Importer(s)

Trek Bicycle Corporation, of Waterloo, Wis.

Manufactured in

Taiwan and China (bicycles)

Manufactured in

Taiwan (quick release)

  • Figure 1: Quick release lever open more than 180°

  • Figure 2: Quick release lever caught in front disc

  • Trek bicycle

  • Quick release lever being replaced