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Trek recalls nearly 1 million bikes after injuries

Trek is recalling nearly a million bicycles with quick-release levers that can unexpectedly stop the wheel or cause it to fall off, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Tuesday.

The Waterloo, Wisconsin, company reported three incidents, one of which resulted in quadriplegia, the federal agency said. Another caused facial injuries; the third a fractured wrist.

Anyone with one of the recalled bikes should stop using them until the quick-release lever is replaced, with Trek offering a $20 coupon toward Bontrager merchandise to those bringing the bikes in to a Trek retailer, where the new quick-release levers will be installed at no charge.

Trek said that it sold 900,000 of the bikes in the U.S. and 98,000 in Canada since September 1999 for $480 to $1,650.

The recalled bicycles are from model years 2000 through 2015 and have front disc brakes with silver or black quick-release levers on the front-wheel hub. The lever can open far enough that it can touch the brake. Bicycles with levers that don't open 180 degrees from the "closed" position are not being recalled.

Consumer with questions are asked to call Trek at (800) 373-4594 weekdays between 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time or visit Trek's recall page.

Sold at: Bicycle stores nationwide from about September 1999 through April 2015 for between $480 and $1,650.

Importer: Trek Bicycle Corporation, of Waterloo, Wis.

Manufactured in: Taiwan and China (bicycles)

Manufactured in: Taiwan (quick release)

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