1.5 Million Bikes Recalled for Faulty Quick-Release Levers

Roughly 1.5 million bikes in the United States are being recalled from 17 major bicycle brands. The recall is voluntary, and affects bikes with disc brakes and quick–release levers on the front wheel that open more than 180 degrees. The quick–release lever, if left open, can hit the disk-brake rotor and bring the front wheel to a sudden stop or separate it from the bicycle all together. 

To find out if your bike is included in the recall, locate the quick–release and disc brake on the front wheel of your bicycle. If your bicycle doesn’t have both, it’s not included in the recall. If it does, open the quick–release and push it toward the brake-disc rotor. If the distance from the lever to the rotor is a ¼” or less, or about the size of a #2 pencil, then take your bike back to your bicycle retailer for a new quick-release.

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This recall errs on the side of caution. Bicycles should never be ridden with open quick–releases, but the danger associated with an open quick–release and disc-brake rotors was enough to inspire the 17 bike companies to work with the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association for the recall.

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The affected bike brands are: Diamondback, Raleigh, Breezer, Fuji, SE, Cannondale, GT, Felt, Jamis, Giant, Haro, Norco, Access, Civia Cycles, Novara, Ridley, and Specialized.