Trek recalls some Bontrager Flare RT and Ion 700 RT lights

Incorrect components causing some lights to shut off unexpectedly

Trek, in conjunction with the CSPC, has issued a voluntary recall of some Bontrager Flare RT rear lights (sold individually) and Bontrager Ion 700 RT front lights (sold as part of the Bontrager Transmitr Lighting set with remote).

According to the recall notice, a number of these lights were made with incorrect components and the affected units may not pair with a controlling device or may turn off unexpectedly, possibly reducing the visibility of a rider or making it hard to see the roadway ahead.

The recall applies to lights sold between July 2016 and October 2016 in the US, Canada, Japan, UK and Australia. Flare RT owners should check the back of the light for a date code between Af0400001 and Af0400407. The affected Ion 700 RT lights will have a date code of 1606 which is located below the charging port cover on the bottom of the light.

The date code locations for the Flare RT (Left) and Ion 700 (right)
The date code locations for the Flare RT (Left) and Ion 700 (right)

The CSPC says Trek has received seven reports of the lights functioning intermittently when paired with a remote transmitter but none have resulted in injuries.

Consumers are urged to immediately stop using the affected lights. Trek will providing a free replacement, and cover any return shipping costs. To incentivize replacement of the recalled lights, Trek is also offering a $20 coupon good toward any Trek or Bontrager product.

For more information visit Trek’s recall page.

*Note: the recall notice has not yet appeared on Trek AU's website, however it has confirmed there will be lights in Australia that are included in the recall

Colin Levitch

Staff Writer, Australia
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Colin now resides in Sydney, Australia. Holding a media degree, Colin is focused on the adventure sport media world. Coming from a ski background, his former European pro father convinced him to try collegiate crit racing. Although his bright socks say full roadie, he enjoys the occasional mountain bike ride, too.
  • Discipline: Road, mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Tarmac mountain climbs into snow-covered hills
  • Current Bikes: BMC TeamMachine SLR01, Trek Top Fuel 9
  • Dream Bike: Mosaic Cycles RT-1
  • Beer of Choice: New Belgium La Folie
  • Location: Sydney, Australia

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