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Mountain Equipment Co-op recalls Ghost Bicycles with Front Wheel Quick-Releases and Disc Brakes

Starting date:
December 16, 2015
Posting date:
December 16, 2015
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Fall Hazard
General Public
Identification number:

Affected products

Ghost Bicycles with Front-Wheel Quick-Releases and Disc Brakes

Product description

This recall involves Ghost bicycles equipped with front disc brakes and a 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).

Bicycles with front quick release levers that have 6 millimeters or more of clearance between the lever in its most open position and the disc brake rotor are not included in this recall.

The following Ghost bicycles with front disc brakes are included in this recall:
Model Colour MEC Style Number Date Affected Model was first Sold
Kato 3 red/blue                                                             5039-170                              December 5, 2014
Kato 4 black/green/blue                                           5043-730                                August 22, 2015
Kato 5 black/lime green/grey                                   5039-172                              January 18, 2015
Lanao 3 white/petrol/light petrol                            5039-171                              January 18, 2015
Lanao 4 mint/dark mint/white/pink                      5043-731                                August 22, 2015
Lanao 5 dark petrol/petrol/orange                         5039-174                              January 18, 2015
Panamao X 6 copper/white/blue   5039-165 January 18, 2015
Panamao X 6 Lady copper/white/blue                 5039-166 January 18, 2015
Tacana 3 black/green/gray                                      5043-732                                August 22, 2015
Tacana 4 dark blue/orange                                       5039-176                               January 18, 2015
Tacana 5 red/dark red/black                                    5043-733                                 August 22, 2015


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.

Neither Health Canada nor Mountain Equipment Co-op has received any reports of consumer incidents or injuries related to the use of these front disc brakes with quick release levers in Canada.

Number sold

Approximately 550 recalled bicycles were sold at MEC locations.

Time period sold

The recall product was sold from December 2014 to November 2015.

Place of origin

Manufactured in Germany.


Ghost Bikes
Mountain Equipment Co-op
British Columbia

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What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the bicycles and contact MEC to receive a new quick release lever for the front wheel.

For more information, consumers can contact MEC at 1-888-847-0770, Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. PST, and Saturday to Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PST or by email.

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

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to 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.