Injury Risk Leads Bell Sports to Recall Bike Helmets Sold at Toys R US

Posted on March 29, 2013

A couple days ago we brought you word of a recall involving a potentially defective helmet meant to be worn by whitewater kayaking and rafting enthusiasts.  It seems only fitting then that we’d alert you to news of a recall of a series of bike helmets that could suffer from a similar issue.

The recall was announced by Bell Sports, a company based in the California city of Scotts Valley.  It concerns Bell Full Throttle bicycle motocross helmets which offer full coverage and contain a chin bar.  These black BMX helmets will have the Bell logo, a part number of 1009159, and a UPC of 035011 937052.  Each was available solely from Toys R Us from this past July through January.

2,500 of the $60 helmets could potentially be affected by the defect, which has to do with the safety strap on the helmets.  A certain amount of force in an accident can lead this strap’s buckle to be detached.  If the helmet then comes off, which is a possibility, the user could incur an injury.  Thankfully, no such incidents have come to the company’s notice at this time.

Cyclists are being advised not to use these helmets.  If one insists on riding, he or she should consider an alternate device.  Bell Sports can be contacted by those looking to get their money back.

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