A crash hazard has prompted the recall of more than 1.5 million bicycles with front disc brakes and quick release levers. The recall involves 13 manufacturers and distributors and covers more than a dozen brands, including Diamondback, Cannondale, and Jamis. An open quick release lever on the bike’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 bike, causing the rider to crash. There have been three incidents reported, including one with injuries. Bicycle stores nationwide sold the bikes from 1998 through this year. Consumers can get free installation of a new quick release.
Bikers can visit this recall website to find out details and if their bike is part of the recall. Anyone with a bike subject to the recall should stop riding it and take it to a bike dealer to have a new quick-release installed, sometimes in as little as five minutes. “Rider safety is our top priority,” said Patrick Cunnane, chairman of the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association. “We are pleased to be able to serve a role in bringing together the participating companies and facilitating this unprecedented large group effort.” The recall is being conducted by the 13 companies in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Health Canada, and the Consumer Protection Agency of the United Mexican States.
About 1.3 million of the recalled bikes were sold in the United States. About 245,000 were sold in Canada and about 9,000 were sold in Mexico. A list of all brands covered in the recall can be viewed at quickreleaserecall.com.
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