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More Than 1.5 Million Bicycles Recalled over Disc Brake Problem

Oct 5, 2015

Thirteen bicycle manufacturers have recalled 1.3 million bicycles sold in America, 245,000 in Canada, and 9,000 in Mexico because of a problem with their front wheel disc brakes.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) web site, the recalled bicycle brands are Diamondback, Raleigh, Breezer, Fuji, SE, Cannondale, GT, Felt, Jamis, Giant, Haro, Norco, Ridley, and Specialized. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Trek and Huffy previously recalled some bike models for a similar issue.

The CPSC explains that 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. Three incidents have been reported, including one injury, the commission says. The affected bikes were manufactured between 1998 and 2015.

This recall involves bicycles equipped with front disc brakes and a black or silver quick-release (QR) lever on the front wheel hub. Bicycles that do not have disc brakes are not included in this recall. When the front QR is fully opened, if there is less than 6 mm—or the width of a #2 pencil—between the QR and disk brake rotor on the wheel, the bicycle is included in this recall. Bike owners can go to to view a video showing how to determine if a particular bike is included in this recall.

The CPSC advises consumers to immediately stop using the recalled bicycle and contact the recalling company for free installation of a new quick release on the front wheel. The replacement quick release lever cannot open far enough to touch the disc brake rotor. Contact information for the recalling companies can be found on the CPSC web site.

Unlike traditional brake pads, in which rubber pads squeeze the wheel rim to slow or stop the bike, with disc brakes, metal or ceramic pads clutch the disc brake rotor. Disc brakes have greater ability to stop in rain, dirt or mud, and this makes them popular with off-road cyclists, who often ride in messy conditions, the Sentinel reports. Recently, more road bikes have offered disc brakes as an option because they work better in a range of conditions.

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