Trek Recalls Bicycles Equipped with Front Disc Brakes to Replace Quick Release Lever Due to Crash Hazard

I came across this just now and although this blog is about tadpole trikes I know that there are bicyclists who read it and there are tadpole trike riders who still ride diamond frame bikes. As stated Trek bicycles manufactured from 2000 to 2015 year models which are equipped with a front disc brake and the quick release axle have been recalled to replace the front quick release axle. Apparently the handle of the quick release when in the open position can go beyond where it should stop and actually get into the disk brake causing a serious accident and resulting injuries. Trek advises anyone with one of their bicycles made between these years and so equipped with a front quick release axle to immediately stop use of the bike and get this resolved. This involves about 900,000 bicycles in the U.S. and 98,000 in Canada.

Trek bike quick release lever problem 2

Recall Summary

Recall date: APRIL 21, 2015             Recall number: 15-118

Name of product: Trek bicycles equipped with front disc brakes

Hazard: An open quick release lever on the bicycle’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 bicycle, posing a risk of injury to the rider.

Description: 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.

Incidents/Injuries: 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.

Remedy: 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.)

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



Author: Steve Newbauer

I have a few current blogs (tadpolerider1, navysight, truthtoponder and stevesmixedbag) so I am keeping busy. I hope you the reader will find these blogs interesting and enjoy your time here. Feel free to email me at tadpolerider2 at gmail dot com (


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