The popular Trek bicycles have been recalled, and their popularity is witnessed by the nearly one million Trek bikes across the United States and Canada that are a part of the recall. Those who own or use Trek recalled bikes, according to USA TODAY, should stop riding them immediately, and don’t resume using their Trek bicycles until they’ve contacted their local Trek retailer (find a Trek bike retailer near you) to get their “quick release” levers fixed for free.
That’s because the quick release mechanism of some of the Trek models — those bicycles including the model year 2000 up to 2015 that have black or silver quick release levers that open wide enough to reach the disc brake are part of the problem. If your Trek bicycle has a quick release lever in the front that doesn’t open all the way to 180 degrees outward from its closed position, it isn’t included in the recall — but to be safe, call the Trek hotline at 800-373-4594 for more detailed information if you are concerned.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission listed a rendering of the part in question, along with further details about the Trek recall.
“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.)”
The huge recall took place after a Trek bicycle rider was paralyzed due to the quick release crash hazard, since it can interfere with braking and turning — potentially causing the bike to stop unexpectedly. Serious injuries have occurred because of the problem, with the lever on the bicycle’s front wheel interfering with the brakes enough to cause one Trek rider to become a quadriplegic, and other Trek bicycle riders to suffer injuries to the face, while another had a fractured wrist.
“Affected and recalled bikes were sold at bicycle stores nationwide from about September 1999 through April 2015 for between $480 and $1,650.”
As reported by the Inquisitr, other recent recalls include food recalls, such as Trader Joe’s chicken sausage recall, due to the food possibly containing plastic pieces. More recalls have included Blue Bell ice cream and hummus, however, the Trek bike recall is the largest in recent history. Beyond the Trek bike recall, blowers, mattresses, and toys have also been recalled, reports the Miami Herald.
[Image via Trek]