Bell Sports is recalling around 2,500 Bell Full Throttle Bike Helmets with a chin bar because of a defect that could result in a head injury, according to news reports. The helmets were sold exclusively at Toys”R”Us stores throughout the U.S. between July 2012 and 2013 for about $60, as RiverheadLocal.com writes.
The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) explains the problem as follows: The buckle on the helmet’s safety strap can release in an accident and allow the helmet to fall off the rider, posing a risk of head injury.
The all-black helmets have the UPC code 035011 937052 and part number 1009159 on a label on the side of the helmet shell, and the Bell logo is on the front and lower side of the helmet, CPSC writes.
No injuries have been reported. The helmets were manufactured by MHR in China.
The recall notice asks that consumers stop using the recalled helmets immediately and contract Bell Sports Inc., of Scotts Valley, California, for information about how to get a complete refund. The toll-free number is 866-892-6059, and the company can be reached from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday.
CSPC asks to hear from anyone who has had an incident or injury from these helmets, as the commission is still interested in gathering information. Reports can be filed at SaferProducts.gov, or by calling CPSC’s Hotline at 800-638-2772 or teletypewriter at 301-595-7054 for the hearing-impaired.
The CSPC is charged with protecting the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death associated with using thousands of consumer products that are under the agency’s jurisdiction. The agency writes:
Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products — such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals — contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
Consumers can follow CSPC on Twitter @OnSafety and get get information via the commission’s free email newsletters at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Newsroom/Subscribe/.
According to the Insurance Institute for HIghway Safety (IIHS), Colorado has no law requiring bicycle riders to wear helmets, but it does have a law requiring age 17 and younger motorcycle operators and passengers to wear helmets. That law covers all low-power cycles, defined as motor-driven cycles, mopeds, scooters, and various other two-wheeled cycles excluded from the motorcycle definition, IIHS reports.