Trek, a major bike manufacturer, has recalled nearly one million bicycles because of a defective brakes system that can cause serious crashes and injuries.
At issue is the open quick release lever on the bicycle’s front wheel hub. It can come into contact with the front brake and cause the wheel to separate from the bike or to make the bike come to a sudden stop.
The problem is found in all Trek bicycles from model years 2000 through 2015 that are 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. About 900,000 of them were sold in the U.S., and another 98,000 in Canada.
The company has reported three injuries resulting from the defecting brakes, one leading to quadriplegia in a rider.
The bikes were made in Taiwan and China for Trek Bicycle Corporation, of Waterloo, Wisconsin.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging all owners to stop using the bicycles immediately and contact an authorized Trek retailer for free installation of a new quick release on the front wheel.
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