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Trek Recalls 1M bikes for Safety Issue

April 22, 2015

Mithoff Law represented the family members and rider of a Trek mountain bike, which experienced a separation of its front wheel while being ridden. The rider of the bicycle was pitched forward from his bicycle and suffered serious spinal injuries, including quadriplegia, as a result.  Plaintiffs alleged that the bicycle—including component parts thereof, such as the quick-release skewer that attached the front wheel to the bicycle’s front fork—was defectively designed, manufactured, and marketed. The lawsuit was settled for a confidential amount prior to trial. Mithoff Law attorneys Richard Mithoff, Joe Alexander and Warner Hocker represented the Plaintiffs.

Trek Bicycles is recalling nearly 1 million bikes for a safety issue that resulted in one rider becoming paralyzed.

The recall involves bikes with a "quick release" lever on the front wheel that can interfere with the disk brakes, causing the wheel to stop turning or separate from the bike frame, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The recall covers 900,000 Trek bikes in the United States and 98,000 in Canada. Trek said it is aware of three incidents where the problem caused riders to be injured, including one that resulted in quadriplegia. The others involved facial and wrist injuries.

The bikes are from model years 2000 to 2015 and were sold nationwide beginning in 1999. The bikes, made in Taiwan and China, were sold at prices between $480 and $1,650.

The Wisconsin-based bike company said it will replace the quick release lever free of charge. It is also offering a $20 coupon good for bike accessories made by Bontrager.

"We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused you," Trek said in a notice announcing the recall. "We value you as a customer and want you to safely enjoy cycling on your Trek bicycle."

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