CONSUMER ALERT: Trek Bikes Recalled After Man Paralyzed in Accident
Nearly one million bicycles from the popular manufacturer Trek are being recalled after the discovery of a defect that may have led to three accident reports including one riders permanent paralysis.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says that 900,000 Trek bikes have been recalled from the U.S. and 98,000 have been recalled from Canada. A quick-release lever on the hub of the bicycles front wheel may get caught on the front disc brake assembly, stopping the rotation of the wheel or forcing the wheel to separate from the bike. Because the lever can open to an angle greater than 180 degrees, it can come in contact with the brake assembly.
The risk of injury from an accident that this defect may cause is high as the front end of the bicycle can detach leaving the riders face and head vulnerable to severe trauma.
Trek says that the three separate accident reports it received describe facial injuries, wrist injuries and an incident that caused the rider to become a quadriplegic.
All models of Trek bikes built between 2000 and 2015 that are equipped with front disc brakes and a black or silver quick-release lever are affected by this announcement. Those with levers that do not open at an angle greater than 180 degrees are not subject to this recall.
The Trek bikes were sold any time after September 1999 until now, and were priced between $480 and $1,650. Consumers and bike owners have been advised to immediately cease riding or using the affected models and to return them to an authorized Trek dealer for a repair. The dealer will install a new quick-release lever to fix the issue.
The defective product lawyers at Pitman, Kalkhoff, Sicula & Dentice urge consumers to report any injuries or complications they’ve experienced as a result of using their Trek bike.
If you were harmed, contact a personal injury attorney at our firm for a free review of your case. You may be able to recover compensation for what happened to you.