1.5 million Bikes Recalled from 17 US Brands
WASHINGTON, USA – No less than 13 manufacturers and distributors of 17 brands have issued a voluntary recall for bicycles equipped with front disc brakes and quick release levers.
According the companies involved the recall includes approximately 1.5 million bicycles. Some 1.3 million were sold in the USA, about 245,000 bikes Canada and 9,000 in Mexico. The total of 1.5 million units comes on top of the one million plus bicycles Trek recalled last spring over the same quick release (QR) issue.
North America only
According to the Cycling Sports Group there are no reports of incidents or injuries relating to this issue and the industry wide recall is not being conducted outside of North America.
The problem is that an open quick release lever on the bicycle’s front wheel hub can come into contact with the front disc brake rotor causing the front wheel to come to a sudden stop or separate from the bicycle. The issue can be solved by fitting a new type of quick release.
Back to 1998
Remarkably the incorrect QR has been used for more than a decade as the recall goes back to model year 1998. The recalled bicycles include the following companies, brands and model years:
- GT /1998-2015/www.gtbicycles.com
- Civia Cycles/2008-2012/www.civiacycles.com
The North American industry organization Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA) opened the website www.quickreleaserecall.com to inform consumers on this recall. “This recall of 1.5 million bikes with quick release levers is a prime example of how we collaborate with industry for the good of the consumer,” said Elliot F. Kaye, chairman of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. “The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association did a great job of organizing this recall with their members.”