For release September 29, 2015
A group of bicycle companies, in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA), is engaged in a safety recall involving quick-release devices which, when improperly adjusted or left open while riding, may potentially come in contact with the front disc brake rotor. Watch this video to see if your bicycle is affected.
Frequently Asked questions
Q: What is this recall about?
A: Certain front-wheel quick-release cam levers that are improperly adjusted or left open while riding can come in contact with the front-wheel disc brake rotor, also potentially causing the front wheel to come to a sudden stop or separate from the bicycle, posing a risk of injury to the rider.
Q: What are quick-releases?
A: Quick-releases are mechanisms for attaching wheels to bicycles. A quick-release system typically consists of a hollow axle with a shaft (“skewer”) running through it which has an adjustable tension nut on one end and an over-center cam on the other.
Q: Does the concern relate only to front-wheel quick-releases or also to rear-wheel quick-releases?
A: The concern giving rise to this recall only relates to front-wheel quick-releases on bicycles with disc brakes.
Q: How do I know whether my bike is affected by this recall?
A: First, determine whether your bicycle’s front wheel has a quick-release. Next, look for disc brakes on your bicycle. If your bicycle does not have a front-wheel quick-release and disc brakes, or has only one of the two, your bicycle is not affected by this recall. If your bicycle has both a front-wheel quick-release and disc brakes, apply the #2 Pencil Test:
- While the bicycle is not in use, locate the quick-release cam lever and disc brake rotor at the fork or frame dropouts on the front end of your bicycle. Disc brakes can get extremely hot with extended use. Be careful not to touch a disc brake until it has had plenty of time to cool.
- Open and completely loosen the front-wheel quick-release cam lever.
- With the cam lever in the “OPEN” position, turn and push it toward the brake disc rotor and measure the distance between the leading edge of the cam lever and the rotor. Apply thumb pressure on the end of the cam lever directed towards the rotor.
- If the distance is more than 1/4″ (6mm), as shown in Fig.1 below, the quick-release is not affected by this recall. This is easily done by sliding an ordinary #2 Pencil between the leading edge of the cam lever and the rotor. If you cannot easily slide a #2 Pencil between the leading edge of the cam lever and the rotor and/or the measured distance is less than 1/4″ (6mm), as shown in Fig.2, stop riding your bicycle and contact your bicycle retailer.
- To safely secure your wheel and apply the correct clamping force, please refer to the Wheel section in your BPSA Owner’s Manual.
Q: Where can I find more information about the #2 Pencil Test?
A: You can find an instruction form here and a video demonstrating the #2 Pencil test here.Q: What if my bike does not have disc brakes?
A: Your bike is not affected by this recall.
Q: I am not sure whether I am correctly applying the #2 Pencil Test. What should I do?
A: You should stop riding your bicycle immediately and contact your bicycle distributor/manufacturer for help. Click here for a list of participating distributor/manufacturers and their contact information.
Q: What should I do if my bike is affected by this recall?
A: You should stop riding your bicycle immediately and contact your bicycle distributor/manufacturer for instructions on how to participate in this recall. Click here for a list of participating distributor/manufacturers and their contact information.
Q: What is the BPSA and why is the BPSA involved in this recall?
A: BPSA is an association of suppliers of bicycles, parts, accessories and services. The association leads industry initiatives in legal and governmental affairs and safety issues, is the leading resource for bicycle statistical data, and provides regular networking and educational forums for members. For this particular recall, the BPSA is working with participating bicycle companies and the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission on this important industry-wide safety concern.
Message from the BPSA and participating bicycle companies:
Never ride with an improperly adjusted or left-open quick-release. Before each ride, be sure that the wheel is securely clamped. If you do not master the correct technique for clamping your wheel in place, ask your bicycle retailer to help you make sure you know how to install and remove your wheels safely.
- Health Canada recall notice
- Dealer_QR Recall Poster
- Quick Release Device Replacement Instructions