Safety Recall – Trek bicycles with a front disc brakes and quick releases

Got this in my inbox this morning, luckily my Trek which has a front disc brake, doesn’t have a quick release. Back before I had email my second mountain bike was a Trek 850 Antelope, it had a quick release, but that was before disc brakes became mainstream.  That reminds me, I put this awful one piece barends / aerobars on it — horrible.

“According to the CPSC recall notice, one incident resulted in quadriplegia, one in facial injuries, and the third in a fractured wrist.” via Bicycle Retailer

Safety Recall
Trek issues voluntary nationwide consumer quick release safety notices

Thank you for your purchase of a Trek bicycle. Our records indicate that you may have purchased a bicycle equipped with disc brakes and a front quick release lever that opens past 180°.

If the quick release is improperly adjusted or left open on a bicycle which also has a front disc brake, the quick release lever can become caught in the disc brake assembly. If this happens, the front wheel could separate or come to a sudden stop and you could lose control of the bicycle.

Trek wants you to be safe. You should always correctly adjust the quick release on your bicycle before you ride. Trek’s Owner’s Manual contains detailed instructions for proper quick release installation and removal. If you do not have an Owner’s Manual, see your local Trek retailer.

Additional information on proper quick release adjustment, including videos on quick release installation and removal, is available on Trek’s website on the Manuals pageand Safety & Recalls page, and more videos demonstrating proper quick release adjustment are available on Trek’s YouTube channel. We encourage you to review these materials and to consult your local Trek retailer with any questions regarding proper use of your quick release.

This letter contains important information regarding what to do next if you have one of these bicycles.

Your safety is very important to us. Therefore, if desired, Trek will replace the front quick-release mechanism on affected bicycles, while you wait, free of charge. This includes replacement of the specially-designed quick release with washers if it has already been installed on your bicycle.

Affected models

Any Trek bicycle equipped with disc brakes and a front quick release lever that can open beyond 180º and contact the disc brake assembly is affected. If you are unsure whether your bicycle has this combination, please take it to your local Trek retailer for a free inspection.

What Trek will do for owners of an affected bicycle

If you own a bicycle that is affected by this recall and would like a replacement quick release, Trek will provide you—through your Trek retailer—a free replacement quick-release, including free installation. In addition, you will receive a $20 coupon good towards any Bontrager product redeemable through December 31, 2015 at your local authorized Trek retailer. This coupon has no cash value. If you have any questions, please contact your retailer, or call Trek at the safety and recall hotline: 800.373.4594

Thank you for buying a Trek bicycle

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused you. We value you as a customer and want you to safely enjoy cycling on your Trek bicycle.

This letter was prepared in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission. If you have questions about the information in this letter, please contact your Trek retailer.

And an excerpt from my LBS (trek dealer)

A number of model year 2000 through 2015 Trek bicycles were made with a quick-release lever that opens past 180°. If the quick release is improperly adjusted or left open, the quick release lever can become caught in the front wheel disc. If this happens, the front wheel could separate or come to a sudden stop and the rider could lose control of the bicycle.

We have determined bicycle models that could be affected and list them below. Therefore, it is important that you bring in your bike so we can  inspect your Trek bicycle that comes into your store. If the front quick release lever can open far enough to contact the disc brake assembly, you should replace the quick release.

To ensure the your safety, please look at your Trek Owner’s Manual on proper use of a quick release. The Owner’s Manual contains detailed instructions on how to properly install a quick release, and Trek’s website and YouTube channel contain additional information, including videos. Additional information, including videos on quick release installation and removal, is available on Trek’s website athttp://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/support/manuals/ andhttp://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/support/safety_and_recalls/, and more videos demonstrating proper quick release adjustment are available on Trek’s YouTube channel: quick release without washers and quick release with washers.

POTENTIALLY AFFECTED BIKES BY MODEL YEAR 
Model Year Bike Model
2000 8000 LT, Hoo Koo E Koo, VRX 400
2002 4300 D, Tassajara D
2003 4300 D, 4900 D, 6700 D, Diesel Freeride, Liquid 30, Sugar 2+, Tassajara D
2004 4300 D, 6700 D, Attitude XV, Fuel EX 100, Liquid 55, Palamino SS, Sugar Race, Sugar Race XT, Tassajara D
2005 4300 D, 4500 D, 4500 D WSD, 6500 D, 6700 D, 6700 D WSD, Bitter, Bruiser 2, Bruiser 3, Cronus, Fuel 70, Mullet
2006 4300 D, 4900 D, 6500 D, 6500 D WSD, 6700 D, 7.5 FX D, Bitter, Cake 3 D, Cobia, Cronus, Fuel 70, Jack 2, Kaitai, Mullet, Mullet 24, Piranha, SU 200, Utopia
2007 4300 D, 6000 D, 7.3 FX D, 7.5 FX D, Bitter, Fuel EX 5, Fuel EX 5 WSD, Hifi, Jack 1, Jack 2, Jack 3, Kaitai, Mullet, Mullet SS, Piranha, SU 200, Tassajara D, Tassajara D GS, Utopia, Wahoo D
2008 3900 D, 4300 D, 6000 D, 6500 D, 6500 D WSD, 6700 D, 6700 D WSD, Advance, Advance GS, Cobia, Cronus, Fuel EX 5.5, Fuel EX 5.5 WSD, Fuel EX 6.5, Hifi, Hoo Koo E Koo, Kaitai, Marlin D, Monona, Montare, Mullet, Mullet SS, Piranha, Rig, Soho 1.0, Soho 3.0, Soho 4.0, SU 200, Tassajara D, Utopia, Wahoo D
2009 2300 D, 3900 D, 6000 D, 6000 D WSD, 6500 D, 6700 D, 6700 D WSD, 8000 D, 8000 D WSD, 69er geared, Cobia, Fuel EX 5.5, Fuel EX 5.5 WSD, Fuel EX 6.5, Fuel EX 7, Fuel EX 8, Fuel EX 8 WSD, Hifi, Hifi GS, Hoo Koo E Koo, Kaitai, Mamba, Marlin, Montare, Mullet, Paragon, Piranha, Police, Tassajara D, Utopia, Valencia, Wahoo D
2010 3900 D, 4300 D, 4500 D, 6000 D WSD, 6500 D, 6700 D, 6700 D WSD, Advance D, Cobia, Fuel EX 5, Fuel EX 5 WSD, Hifi Pro 29, Hifi+ 29, Hoo Koo E Koo, Kaitai, Mamba, Marlin D, Marlin D GS, Montare, Mullet, PDX, Piranha, Skye SL D, Tassajara D, Utopia, Valencia, Valencia+, Wahoo D, X-Caliber
2011 3700 D, 3900 D, 4300 D, 4500 D, 6000 D, 6000 D WSD, 6500 D, 6700 D, 6700 D WSD, 8000 D, 7.3 FX D, 7.3 FX D WSD, Advance D, Cobia, Elite 9.7, Fuel EX 5, Fuel EX 5 WSD, Fuel EX 6, Fuel EX 6 WSD, Fuel EX 7, Fuel EX 8, Hifi+, Mamba, Mamba 29, Mamba 29 WSD, Mamba GS, Marlin 29, Marlin, Marlin SS, Montare, PDX, Police, Sawyer, Skye SL D, Skye SLX D, Soho DLX, Transport, Transport+, Utopia, Valencia+, Wahoo D, Wahoo D WSD
2012 3500 D, 3700 D, 3900 D, 4300 D, 4500 D, 4900 D, 7.3 FX D, 7.3 FX WSD, 7.5 FX D, 8.3 DS, 8.4 DS, Cobia, Fuel EX 5, Lush, Mamba, Mamba WSD, Marlin 29, Marlin 29 WSD, Marlin SS, Neko SL, PDX, Sawyer, Skye SL D, Skye SLX D, Soho, Superfly, Superfly 100, Transport, Transport+, Valencia+, Wahoo, Wahoo D 29, X-Caliber, X-Caliber WSD
2013 3500 D, 3700 D, 3900 D, 4300 D, 4500 D, 4700 D, 4900 D, 7.2 FX D, 7.4 FX D, 8.3 DS, 8.4 DS, 8.5 DS, 8.6 DS, Cali, Cali S, Cali SL, Cobia, Fuel EX 4, Fuel EX 5, Lush, Lush 29, Mamba, Marlin, Mynx, Neko SL, Police 29, Skye SL D, Superfly Comp, Transport, Transport+, X-Caliber, Wahoo
2014 3500 D, 3700 D, 3900 D, 4300 D, 4700 D, 4900 D, 7.2 FX D, 7.4 FX D, 8.3 DS, 8.4 DS, 8.5 DS, 8.6 DS, Cali, Cali S, Cali SL, Cali SLX, Neko SL, Neko SLX D, Police 29, Skye SL D, Superfly 6, X-Caliber 4, X-Caliber 5, X-Caliber 6, X-Caliber 7, X-Caliber 8, X-Caliber 9
2015 520 D, 3500 D, 3700 D, 3900 D, 7.2 FX D, 7.4 FX D, 8.3 DS, 8.4 DS, 8.5 DS, 8.6 DS, Marlin 5, Marlin 6, Marlin 7, Neko SL, Neko SLX, Skye S D, Skye SL D, Skye SLX D, X-Caliber 6, X-Caliber 7, X-Caliber 8, X-Caliber 9