With California leading the country in fatal crashes, San Diego cyclists
have enough to worry about on our roadways. They should not have to contend
with defective equipment. However, thousands of bikes are recalled each year.
Trek Bicycle Corp. recently announced the recall of its 720 Disc bicycles
and wheel sets. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
(CPSC), the front brake caliper can come into contact with a broken spoke.
This defect poses a fall hazard to the rider.
Trek has received reports of 10 incidents where either the wheel spoke
contacted the bike’s brake caliper or the spokes broke at the hub.
Even more concerning, the company is aware of one reported injury involving
a broken vertebra.
The bicycle recall involves 800 bicycles and 300 wheels. They were sold
at bicycle stores across the country from November 2014 through October
2016 for between $1,500 and $1,900 for bikes and March 2015 through November
2016 for aftermarket wheels for between $80 and $90.
The Trek recall involves model year 2015, 2016, and 2017 model 720 Disc
bicycles and Bontrager Approved TLR disc 700C 24H Front and Rear Wheels
with silver spokes. Trek's model 720 Disc have a lightweight aluminum
frame and vibration-damping carbon fork. The bicycle models were sold
in 49 through 61 cm frame sizes. “Trek” is printed across
the bicycle frame. The model number can be found on the down tube. The
aftermarket wheels are marked “Bontrager TLR” on the rim,
and will have 24 silver spokes.
Given the risk of serious injury, consumers should immediately stop using
the recalled bicycles and wheel sets. They can then return the bicycles
to a Trek retailer for a free inspection and free replacement wheels.
If you or someone you care about has suffered serious harm due to a recalled
or otherwise defective bicycle, you may be entitled to compensation. To
discuss your legal rights, contact
a San Diego product liability lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.