Photo source: CPSC
The front wheel may come to a sudden stop or separate from the bicycle
Source: Consumer Affairs
Thirteen manufacturers and distributors are recalling about 1.55 million bicycles equipped with front disc brakes and quick release levers sold in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
An open quick release lever on the bicycle’s front wheel hub can come into contact with the front disc brake rotor causing the front wheel to come to a sudden stop or separate from the bicycle, posing a risk of injury to the rider.
There have been three incidents reported in which an open quick release lever on a bicycle’s front wheel hub came into contact with the bike’s front disc brake assembly and caused the front wheel to come to a sudden stop or separate from the bicycle. In one incident, a man suffered a broken finger, a wrist injury, a shoulder injury and abrasions. No injuries were reported in the other two incidents.
This recall involves bicycles equipped with front disc brakes and a black or silver quick-release (QR) lever on the front wheel hub. Bicycles that do not have disc brakes are not included. When the front QR is fully opened, if there is less than 6 mm — or the width of a #2 pencil — between the QR and disk brake rotor on the wheel, the bicycle is included in this recall.
The recalled bicycles include the following companies, brands and model years:
The bicycles, manufactured in China, Japan, Poland, Switzerland and Taiwan, were sold at Bicycle stores nationwide from about 1998, through 2015, for between $200 and $10,000 for the bicycles.
Consumers should stop using the bicycles immediately and contact the recalling company for free installation of a new quick release on the front wheel.
Consumers may contact the recalling companies through their websites and call centers listed above or visit the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association Quick Release Recall website at www.quickreleaserecall.com, where a video showing how to determine if a bike is included in this recall is available.