Over 240,000 Canadian Bicycles Recalled with Dangerous Front Wheel Quick-Releases and Disc Brakes

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury

Health Canada joins recall with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC), on various bicycle manufacturers and distributors, for bikes sold from 1998 to July 2015.

Product description

This recall involves bicycles equipped with front disc brakes and a black or silver quick release lever of the front wheel hub where the clearance between the quick release lever in its most open position and the disc brake rotor is less than 6 millimeters, which is the equivalent of the thickness of a standard No. 2 Pencil (#2 Pencil Test).

They include bikes manufactured by Norco, Specialized, Giant, and others.

Hazard identified

A quick release lever on the bicycle’s front wheel hub, when improperly adjusted or left open, can come into contact with the front disc brake assembly and cause the front wheel to come to a sudden stop or separate from the bicycle, posing a fall hazard.

There have been incidents reported in which an open quick release lever on a bicycle’s front wheel hub 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.

See a description of the lever in question here: Bicycle Product Supplier Association Quick Release Recall website

Number sold

Approximately 245,924 units were sold in Canada, and approximately 1,300,000 units were sold in the United States.

Time period sold

The recalled products were sold from January 1998 to July 2015.

Bicycles with Front-Wheel Quick-Releases and Disc Brakes

The following bicycles with front disc brakes are included in this recall:

Company    Brand    Years    Website    Telephone
Accell North America    Diamondback, Raleigh    2004-2015    www.diamondback.com, www.raleighusa.com     1-800-251-8435
Advanced Sports International    Fuji, Breezer, SE    2005-2015    www.breezerbikes.com, www.fujibikes.com, www.sebikes.com    1-888-286-6263
Cycling Sports Group, Inc.     Cannondale    1998-2015    www.cannondale.com    1-800-245-3872
Felt Racing, LLC     Felt    2006-2015    www.feltbicycles.com;   1-866-433-5887
Giant Bicycle, Canada    Giant    2003-2005    www.giant-bicycles.com    1-800-665-9311
G. Joannou Cycle Co., Inc    Jamis    2005-2015    www.jamisbikes.com    1-800-533-9010, 1-800-263-2344 (Eastern U.S. and Canada)
LTP Sports Group, Inc.     Norco    2000-2015    www.norco.com    1-800-663-8916 (Western U.S. and Canada)
Quality Bicycle Products, Inc.     Civia Cycles    2008-2012    www.civiacycles.com 1-877-311-7686   
Ridley Bikes    Ridley    2014-2015    www.ridley-bikes.com    1-877-283-7545
Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc.     Specialized    2002-2015    www.specialized.com    1-800-722-4423

Place of origin

Manufactured in Taiwan, China, Japan, Poland, and Switzerland.

What you should do

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

For more information, consumers can contact the recalling companies through their websites and call centres listed in the Product Description above or visit the Bicycle Product Supplier Association Quick Release Recall website.

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission’s website.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Canadians should report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. You can visit this site for more information on other international consumer product recalls.

Paul Mitchell, Q.C. is a partner with the law firm of Pushor Mitchell LLP, in Kelowna, BC.

He has extensive experience with catastrophic injury claims and product liability cases arising from failed bicycle forks.

For more information on this article, contact Paul Mitchell, Q.C. at 250-869-1115 (direct line) or at mitchell@pushormitchell.com.