Popular Wisconsin-based bicycle company Trek announced a recall of nearly 1 million bikes in the United States and Canada due to an improperly installed quick release lever on the front tire, according to CNN Money.
The lever in question has so far caused three separate bike accidents, resulting in the paralysis of one rider. Trek says that the issue stems from the release lever’s tendency to rotate over 180 degrees, potentially getting caught in the disc brakes and hurling riders over the handlebars.
The recall includes any Trek model manufactured between the years 2000 and 2015 equipped with front disc brakes and the defective lever. Trek claims not to have known about the faulty lever until the company received word of the injured rider, and the company is offering to provide owners with a free installation of a new lever, as well as a $20 gift card for merchandise.
It is the responsibility of bike manufacturers to ensure that their products are safe for consumer use. If you or someone you love has been injured in a bike accident caused by a defective product, a New York product liability lawyer at Hach & Rose, LLP, may be able to help. Call us today at (212) 779-0057.
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