The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with Bell Sports, of Scotts Valley, Calif., announced a voluntary recall of about 31,100 Full-face bicycle helmets in the United States, and about 2,500 in Canada.
Hazard: The plastic buckle that connects the chin straps can fail, causing the helmet to come off the wearer's head. This poses a head injury hazard to riders in the event of a fall.
Incidents: The firm has received one report of a buckle failing during an accident, resulting in an injury that required stitches below the wearer's eye.
Description: This recall involves Bell Exodus full-face helmets with a plastic buckle on the chinstrap and model and part numbers listed below. The helmets have an angled visor and were sold in youth size. The model and part number can be found on a removable sticker located on the side of the helmet.
Sold by: Walmart stores nationwide and Amazon.com between August 2009 and March 2011 for between $50 and $60.
Manufactured in: Taiwan
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the helmets immediately and contact Bell Sports for a replacement or refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information call Bell Sports toll-free at (866) 892-6059 between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, via email at email@example.com, or visit the firm's website at www.bellsports.com
Note: Health Canada's press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1338