Trek recalls 1 million bicycles following paralysis of one rider
Trek recently announced a recall of 900,000 bikes in the United States and 98,000 more in Canada, according to a CNN Money article. The problem stems from an improperly installed quick release lever on the front tire, which has the tendency to over rotate and get caught in the disc brakes, potentially hurling riders over the handlebars.
The lever has caused three bicycle accidents thus far, and sadly resulted in the paralysis of one rider.
It was after hearing of this accident that Trek announced the recall, wanting to inform other riders of the potential danger. The company claims that it was unaware of the issue until recently.
The recall covers all bike models with the defective lever and disc brakes manufactured between the years of 2000 and 2015. Trek is offering owners free installation of a new quick release lever, in addition to a gift card for $20 of merchandise.
Bicycle manufacturing companies have a responsibility to ensure their products are safe before releasing them to consumers. If you or someone you love has been injured in a bike accident caused by a defective product, a product liability lawyer of Ritter & Associates may be able to help you seek compensation for your suffering. Call us today at (619) 296-0123 to begin taking action.