Major bicycle maker Trek has recalled nearly 1 million bikes over a problem with the braking system. That problem reportedly led to accidents that left one rider paralyzed.
The recall covers about 900,000 bikes in the United States and another 98,000 in Canada.
According to the recall, the bicycles have a quick-release lever on the front wheel hub which, if improperly adjusted or left open, can come into contact with the disc-brake assembly, causing the front wheel to lock up or fall off.
The Trek bikes with the system were sold from about September 1999 to April 2015, at prices ranging from $480 to $1,650.
Trek says it is aware of three accidents related to the problem. One resulted in a rider becoming paralyzed; injuries in the other two were less severe — one led to facial injuries and the other a fractured wrist.
Owners are advised to stop using the bikes and take them to an authorized Trek retailer to get a new quick-release lever installed on the front wheel. Trek will give everyone who participates a $20 coupon toward merchandise from Trek-owned Bontrager, a line of products including helmets, seats, tires and cycling shoes.
Consumers with questions may contact Trek at 800-373-4594 or online at www.trekbikes.com. Click on “Safety & Recalls” at the bottom of the page for more information.
Image of recalled Trek model via Consumer Product Safety Commission.