Trek Recalls Million Plus Bicycles for QR Problems
WATERLOO, USA – Trek Bicycles is once again faced with a quick release safety issue. This time it’s huge. The company recalls more than one million bicycles relating to improper use of specific quick releases with disc brakes in the US and Europe.
Only ten months after Trek Bicycles was faced with a mega recall due to safety problems with quick releases used in combination with SR Suntour suspension forks on about 125,000 bikes, the notice sent out today involves at least a tenfold.
Europe and North America
This time the recall includes 900,000 bikes in the USA and 98,000 in Canada sold between September 1999 through April 2015. Petra de Fluiter, General Manager of Trek Bicycles’ head office in Europe confirmed to Bike Europe that the recall also includes the European market. “Retailers and consumers can expect a notification from us soon.”
According to the Trek Bicycles statement, “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.”
The 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 photo). Bicycles with front quick release levers that do not open a full 180 degrees from the closed position, are not included in this recall.
USD 20 coupon
Trek urges all owners to contact a Trek retailer for free installation of a new quick release on the front wheel. On top of that Trek will provide each owner who participates in the recall with a USD 20 coupon that is redeemable by December 31, 2015 toward any Bontrager merchandise. It is not yet clear if this coupon will also be handed out to consumers on the European market.
Videos demonstrating proper quick release usage have been uploaded to Trek’s YouTube channel.