Bell Exodus Bike Helmet Recall
The Bell Exodus full-face bicycle helmet has been recalled. The plastic buckle that connects the chin strap can fail, causing the helmet to come off the wearer's head. The recall is being announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with Bell Sports.
It's interesting to note how important chin straps are for bicycle (and other) helmets. All the folks out there wearing them loosely are not doing themselves a favor.
The full text of the CPSC/Health Canada Release Below:
Bicycle Helmets Recalled by Bell Sports Due to Head Injury Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Full-face bicycle helmets
Units: About 31,100 in the United States, and about 2,500 in Canada
Importer: Bell Sports, of Scotts Valley, Calif.
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. [OSI Note: In Canada, these were also sold at Mountain Equipment Co-op]
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 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
Note that the helmets were also sold at the Mountain Equipment Co-op in Canada.
Find the original recall press release on the CPSC website. Please refer to this site for additional information if you or your outdoor program may be impacted by the recall. At this time we are not able to locate any information regarding the recall on the Bell Sports website.