Product Recall Comments Off on One Million Trek Bikes Recalled For Defects
Nearly one million defective Trek bikes are being recalled in the United States after an injury that left one rider paralyzed.
According to a USA Today news report, the recall includes 900,000 bikes in the United States and 98,000 sold in Canada.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) states that a quick-release lever on the bike’s front wheel hub can come into contact with the front disc brake assembly resulting in either complete wheel separation or the wheel coming to an instant stop.
Defect Caused Catastrophic Injury
Three accidents were reported and Trek said all including injuries, some to the face, a fractured wrist and one that resulted in the rider becoming a permanent quadriplegic.
The recall includes all models of Trek bicycles built from 2000 to 2015 that are equipped with front disc brakes and a black or silver quick-release lever on the front wheel hub.
This lever can open beyond 180 degrees and come into contact with the disc brake.
Bicycles with front quick-release levers that don’t open a full 180 degrees are not included in the recall.
The bikes included in the recall were sold September 1999 to now, priced anywhere from $480 to $1,650.
Trek advises consumers to stop using the bicycles immediately and contact an authorized retailer for free installation of a new quick release lever.
Actions You Can Take
Bicycle accidents can result from design defects, manufacturing defects or the manufacturer’s failure to warn consumers about possible accident or injury prevention methods.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, seek medical attention for your injuries right away. This not only helps put you on the road to recovery, but documents your case.
Make sure you keep the bike. It can be an extremely important piece of evidence.
An expert should inspect your bicycle to look specifically for defects. So, do not have it repaired or destroyed or don’t try to fix it yourself.
Contact an experienced product defect lawyer who can help preserve key evidence in your case and get the claims process started.
Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation to cover damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injury, disability, and pain and suffering.
The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.