Following a number of reported accidents, bicycle manufacturer Trek has issued a recall in response to injuries suffered by cyclists that left one rider a permanent quadriplegic and others suffering from fractures and facial wounds. Approximately 900,000 Trek bicycles in the United States and 98,000 bicycles in Canada are believed to be unsafe due to a manufacturing defect.
All Trek models built from 2000 to 2015 that feature front disc brakes and a black or silver release lever located on the front wheel have been deemed potentially dangerous and unsuitable for the roadways. The Consumer Product Safety Commission cites that the quick-release lever can come into contact with the front disc brake assembly, causing complete wheel separation or result in the wheel coming to an immediate stop.
In a press release, Trek advised customers to always adjust the quick release correctly before going on a ride. The company has offered a free replacement quick release and free installation for customers who own the affected models, along with a $20 coupon. Owners of Trek bicycles who are unsure of their model’s assembly are encouraged to take their bike to a local Trek retailer for a free inspection.
When accident reports and information surfaces, greater scrutiny is placed under vehicle manufacturers regarding the safety and assembly of their products. Consumers have the right to be protected from pain and suffering as a result of dangerous products. It’s advisable for any victim of such circumstances to contact a professional defective products attorney who can assist and expedite the process in receiving compensation for cases of product liability.