Trek Lawsuit: Bicycles Recalled Due to Personal Injury Risk
A national safety recall has been issued for almost 1 million Trek bicycles due to an issue with disc brakes and the quick release, which left one rider paralyzed. Every Trek bicycle equipped with disc brakes, which feature a quick release that can be opened beyond 180 degrees, is included in the recall.
Disc Brake Recall
Some Trek bicycles featured disc brakes equipped with a quick release, which allows for easier adjustment and tuning of the brake system. The quick release opens past 180 degrees. If the quick release is improperly adjusted, or left open on a bicycle that has a front disc brake, the quick release leaver can become caught in the front disc brake assembly, causing a potential safety hazard or fall risk when the front wheel becomes separated from the frame of the bicycle.
Trek will replace the quick release with a new one for free. The bicycle manufacturer has videos which explain how to properly adjust disc brakes on their website, as well as Trek owners’ manuals which are available for download.
“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,” read a statement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Three serious accidents involving the disc brakes were reported to Trek and the CPSC, spurring the expansive safety recall. Two cyclists were seriously injured when their front wheels separated from their bike frames, resulting in injuries to the face and one broken wrist. A third cyclist was ejected over his handlebars, injuring himself so seriously that he is a permanent quadriplegic.
The manufacturer is recalling 900,000 bicycles in the US, and 98,000 in Canada.
“We investigate every accident that’s reported back to us,” said Trek spokesman Eric Bjorling. “This would be the largest recall we have ever had.”
Because the problem is based in the brake system, which Trek purchases from another manufacturer, other bicycles could be affected by the safety recall later.
Inadequate Safety Warnings
The Trek bicycle safety recall due to personal injury is serious because consumers might lack proper documentation for their disc brakes. While the manufacturer and bicycle repair shops both have stated that this is not a manufacturing defect in the lever, the issue is with lack of knowledge, which is still the responsibility of the manufacturer of the product.
By law, a product can be considered “unreasonably dangerous” if there are inadequate instructions for proper use, or inadequate safety warnings. Trek’s safety recall was, in large part, spurred on by this lack of knowledge. In light of the disc brake issue, Trek has offered replacement instructions for the brake system for free, both at Trek retailers and online, as well as safety videos.
Call Today For a FREE Trek Bicycle Recall Consultation
If you or a loved one purchased a Trek bicycle with disc brakes and have suffered serious injuries, you should consider a personal injury lawsuit to help cover your medical bills and lost wages. The Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. understands product liability and personal injury law, and will fight for compensation to help you heal. Contact us today for a free consultation. 803.252.4800