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Recall of the Week: Quick-release lever on front disc brakes due to crash hazard

Cam-open-unsafeThirteen manufacturers and distributers are recalling about 1.3 million bicycles equipped with front disc brakes and quick-release levers in the United Stated and about 245,000 in Canada and about 9,000 in 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, the companies and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

There have been three incidents reported in which an open quick-release lever 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, an adult male suffered a broken finger, wrist and shoulder injuries, 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 lever on the front wheel hub. Bicycles that don’t have disc brakes aren’t included in this recall.

When the front quick-release is fully opened, if there is less than 6 mm – or the width of a #2 pencil – between the quick-release and disk brake rotor on the wheel, the bicycle is included in this recall.

A video showing how to determine if a bike is included in this recall is available at www.quickreleaserecall.com.

The recalled bicycles include the following companies, brands, and model years:

Company 

Brand 

Model Year(s) 

 Web Page

Phone Number 

Accell North America 

Diamondback, Raleigh 

2004-2015

www.diamondback.com


www.raleighusa.com

800-251-8435

800-251-8435

Advanced Sports International

Breezer, Fuji, SE

2005-2015

www.breezerbikes.com

 

www.fujibikes.com

 

www.sebikes.com

888-286-6263

Cycling Sports Group Inc.

Cannondale, GT

1998-2015

www.cannondale.com

 

www.gtbicycles.com

800-245-3872

800-843-2453

 

 

Felt Racing LLC

 Felt

2006-2015

www.feltbicycles.com

866-433-5887

G. Joannou Cycle Co. Inc. 

 Jamis

2005-2015

www.jamisbikes.com

800-533-9010, ext. 237

Giant Bicycle Inc. 

 Giant

2003-2004

www.giant-bicycles.com

866-458-2555

Haro Bikes

 Haro

2000-2015

www.harobikes.com

800-289-4276

LTP Sports Group Inc.

Norco

2000-2015

www.norco.com

800-263-2344 (Eastern US and Canada)

 

800-663-8916 (Western U.S. and Canada)

Performance Bicycle Inc.

Access

2009-2015

www.performancebike.com

800-727-2453

Quality Bicycle Products

Civia Cycles

2008-2012

www.civiacycles.com 

877-311-7686

Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI)

Novara

2002-2015

www.rei.com

800-426-4840

Ridley Bikes

Ridley 

2014-2015

www.ridley-bikes.com

877-283-7545

Specialized Bicycle Components Inc. 

Specialized

2002-2015

www.specialized.com

800-722-4423

The bicycles were sold at bicycle stores nationwide from about 1998 through 2015 for between $200 and $10,000.

Consumers should stop using the bicycles immediately and contact the recalling company for free installation of a new quick release on the front wheel, the companies and commission said.

For more information, consumers should 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.

For more information on recalls, see www.recalls.gov.

Copyright 2015, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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