Faulty Quick Release Lever in Bicycles Prompts Industry-Wide Recall
Thirteen manufacturers are issuing a massive bicycle recall due to faulty technology.
In affected bikes, an open quick release lever on the 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.
The bicycle companies, in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA) are conducting the recall. The groups believe that about 1.3 million bicycles could be impacted by the issue.
The quick release lever has been used by manufacturers since 1998. For a list of all recalled bicycles, see the CPSC press release.
There have been three incidents reported in relation to this recall, forcing the rider to come to a sudden stop or separate from the bicycle. In one incident, an adult male suffered a broken finger, a wrist injury, a shoulder injury and abrasions. No injuries were reported in the other two incidents.
Consumers should stop using the bicycles immediately and contact the recalling company for free installation of a new quick release on the front wheel.
Customers with questions should contact the recalling companies through their websites and call centers listed in the CPSC press release.