Trek Just Recalled Over 13,000 Toddler Bikes
Kickster models built between 2013 and 2019 may have a defect that causes the handlebars to fall off
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If your family owns a Kickster children’s bike, Trek wants you to bring it in to get inspected, and possibly fixed. On Tuesday, the brand announced a voluntary recall for over 13,000 Kicksters (a popular model of pedal-less toddler bike) built between 2013 and 2019. The brand says some of the bikes may have a faulty steer tube clamp that can break when over-torqued, causing the handlebars to come off, and the rider to lose control. “Customers should stop riding this bicycle immediately and return it to their authorized Trek retailer for repair,” the brand wrote in a statement.
The Kickster is intended as a training tool for toddlers who are just learning how to balance on a bike. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the recall affects roughly 11,560 bikes in the U.S. and 1,800 in Canada, though there have only been 11 reported incidents of steer tubes breaking, just one of which resulted in “injury with minor scrapes and bruising.”
Trek says it has equipped all of its retailers with replacement clamps, and is offering free replacements to all consumers whose bikes have the default in question. Through December 31, customers who wind up needing to get their bikes fixed will also get $20 of in-store credit to use on Trek or Bontrager gear, plus a free bike bell.