Quick release recall involves 1.3 million bicycles

Thirteen companies representing 17 bike brands are participating in a joint voluntary recall involving certain model bikes equipped with front-wheel quick releases and disc brakes.

The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association has assisted in bringing the group together and in ensuring riders and retailers are informed about the recall.

“Rider safety is our top priority,” said Patrick Cunnane, chairman of the association’s committee that is addressing the matter. “We are pleased to be able to serve a role in bringing together the participating companies and facilitating this unprecedented large group effort.”

As part of the association’s efforts, quickreleaserecall.com has been established to address questions and direct consumers and retailers to the appropriate resources.

The recall addresses bicycles that were sold equipped with disc brakes and a front quick-release lever that can come into contact with the front disc brake when improperly adjusted or left open while riding.

The association said a rider with a bike that is subject to the recall should stop riding the bike and take it to the dealer to have the dealer install a new quick-release and could be accomplished in five minutes.

The recall is being conducted by the 13 companies in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Health Canada and the Consumer Protection Agency of the United Mexican States.

The companies include varying model years sold from 1998-2015 from the brands Diamondback, Raleigh, Breezer, Fuji, SE, Cannondale, GT, Felt, Jamis, Giant, Haro, Norco, Access, Civia Cycles, Novara, Ridley and Specialized.