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The Trek Bicycle Quick Lever Release Recall

Riding bicycle on the roadEarlier this year, Trek Bicycle Corporation, out of Waterloo, Wisconsin, issued a safety recall notice for a number of its bicycles. The recall affects all bikes equipped with disc brakes and a front quick release lever, if that lever can be opened wider than 180 degrees. According to the safety recall notice prepared by Trek, if the quick release is left open or is not properly adjusted, the lever can catch in the front disc brake. If that happens, the front wheel may fall off or the brake can be suddenly engaged, causing loss of control of the bike.

Trek officials say they anticipate recalling close to a million bicycles—the bikes subject to recall may have been manufactured and sold as long ago as 1999.

A Trek spokesperson said the problem only occurs with the bicycles with front disc brakes. The older, traditional rim brakes are not affected by the defect. The quick release lever for the brake must also open beyond 180 degrees when a cyclist pops the quick release lever. As a general rule, the lever will only be engaged when a rider is not on the bike, as the principal reason for the quick release is to allow a rider to remove the front wheel. Nonetheless, many riders fail to lock the lever back in the closed position after a wheel has been put back on a bike.

To make the process easier for its customers, Trek is allowing bicycle owners to have the problem fixed at any Trek dealer. In addition to a new quick release lever, the bike’s owner will be entitled to a $20 gift card from Bontrager, which can be used anytime in 2015.

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