What is the Trek Bicycle Recall All About?

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Here is a rough outline of the potential problems.

According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), a Federal agency, the bikes manufacturer Trek recalled involves almost 900,000 bikes in the United States and 98,000 sold in Canada. The recall includes 2000 to 2015 models equipped with supposedly safer front disc brakes and quick release lever. The black or silver lever on the front wheel hub opens just far enough to contact the disc brakes. The bikes at issue usually cost more than $480 and less than $1,650.

The safety problem reported shows that the bikes pose a risk of injuring the rider. This is because as the front wheel hub’s quick release mechanism is an “open” type device. This sort of device can supposedly conflict with the assembly for the brakes. This can cause the front wheel assembly to suddenly separate from the bike or freeze into a stop. Trek bikes which are equipped with a front mounted quick release mechanism which does not open 180 degrees away from the open to the closed position, so far are not potentially defective, and are not part of this recall.

The company issued “Recall Safety Notice” issued by Trek, explains these reported potential safety issue as below:

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 180° wheel could separate or come to a sudden stop and the rider could lose control of the bicycle.

Designer/Manufacturer Trek has an offer to issue free replacements of the quick release mechanisms on the models covered by the recall. Trek is also offering a $20 discount good against the purchase of Bontrager made addition or accessory to each participant in the bike recall. These discounts must be redeemed before on or December 31, 2015. The time has passed for discounts. You now need help to collect anything past new brakes.

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Are the So-far Reported Safety Issues Exclusive to Trek?

Among industry news articles relating to the potentially defective bikes, Bicycling.com has reported that:

Eric Bjorling of Trek says that, in researching the cause of this failure, the company found that the above situation can occur due to improper use of the quick-release; in short, not tightening the QR properly before heading out on a ride. Bjorling also said that the quick-release was not manufactured by Trek and is commonly used in the industry, so the recall might extend to other brands.

According to an article from Outside online, the safety issues reported the quick-release mechanism is probably not exclusive to Trek. It suggests that anyone who uses or owns a bike which has these quick release mechanisms and front disc brakes ought to “check to see if (a) it’s properly attached and (b) whether the lever articulates past 180 degrees when open.”

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