Trek Recalls Almost 1 Million Bicycles After Rider Becomes Paralyzed


Trek Bicycles has issued a recall of of almost 1 million bikes after a series of accidents, one of which left a rider paralyzed.

The recall includes all Trek models equipped with front disc brakes and a quick release lever that opens past 180 degrees on the front wheel. This lever can get caught in the disc brake, causing the wheel to come to a sudden stop or completely separate from the bike frame, according to an official notice posted on Trek’s web site.

Roughly 900,000 bikes sold in the U.S. and 98,000 from Canada have the combination of disc brakes and the release lever, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The bikes included in the recall were in stores nationwide from September 1999 and April 2015, selling for between $480 and $1,650.

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Trek reported three accidents that resulted in injuries, including a fractured wrist, facial injuries, and one that resulted in the rider becoming quadriplegic.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is advising anyone who owns one of these bikes to stop riding it immediately. Owners can bring their bike to any authorized Trek retailer where they will install a new quick release lever for free. The Wisconsin-based company will also provide a $20 coupon for Bontrager, a bike accessories retailer, to anyone who participates in the recall.

“We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused you,” reads the company’s recall notice. “We want you to safely enjoy cycling on your Trek bicycle.”

Consumer Contact:
Trek at (800) 373-4594 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at and click on Safety & Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information.


This recall involves all models of Trek bicycles from model years 2000 through 2015 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 (see Figures 1 and 2). Bicycles with front quick release levers that do not open a full 180 degrees from the closed position, are not included in this recall.

Trek reports three incidents, all including injuries. One incident resulted in quadriplegia. One incident resulted in facial injuries. One incident resulted in a fractured wrist.

Consumers should stop using the bicycles immediately and contact an authorized Trek retailer for free installation of a new quick release on the front wheel. Trek will provide each owner who participates in the recall with a $20 coupon that is redeemable by December 31, 2015 toward any Bontrager merchandise. (The coupon has no cash value.)
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Bicycle stores nationwide from about September 1999 through April 2015 for between $480 and $1,650.

Importer(s) – Trek Bicycle Corporation, of Waterloo, Wis.

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