Trek, an extremely popular manufacturer, has recalled nearly 1 million bicycles in North America.
According to NBC News, the recall stems from injury reports including one allegation that a rider became paralyzed following a bicycle accident. The news outlet said that the recall covers 900,000 bicycles sold in the U.S. and 98,000 in Canada.
The defects reportedly involve a quick release lever on the front wheel hub, which can be caught in a disc brake and cause the cycle to immediately stop.
“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,” the Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement.
To view the agency’s report about the recall, you can click here. Bicycle owners are being told to immediately stop riding their bikes until they take them into local repair shops for remedies.
This is unfortunate news for bicyclists. Manufacturers have a duty to make sure that their products are thoroughly tested before allowing them to be sold in the marketplace. This is especially true for companies that produce transportation devices including bicycles. If a company manufacturers a defective product that harms the public, it must be held liable.
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