Trek recalling almost 1 million bikes after rider paralyzed

WASHINGTON — Almost one million Trek bicycles are being recalled in the United States and Canada after a flaw caused one person to be paralyzed.

Trek is recalling its bikes equipped with front disc brakes. The recall includes 900,000 bikes in the U.S. and 98,000 in Canada.

The company discovered that a quick-release lever on the bike’s front wheel hub can come into contact with the front disc brake assembly, causing the front wheel to come to a sudden stop or separate from the bike.

Trek reports three injuries as a result of the flaw. One incident resulted in quadriplegia.  One incident resulted in facial injuries.  One incident resulted in a fractured wrist.

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.

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 says.

The bikes being recalled were sold in stores nationwide from about September 1999 through April 2015 for between $480 and $1,650.

Read more on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website.

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