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WRSI Whitewater Helmets Recall

Recalled WRSI Trident Whitewater HelmetThe Whitewater Research & Safety Institute (WRSI) has recalled two models of whitewater helmets due to the potential for the chinstrap buckle to fail. OSI has recommended different models of WRSI helmets. There have 10 buckle failures reported to WRSI with no report of injuries. Anyone owning on the the recalled models can request a replacement or refund from WRSI.

OSI is interested in input on WRSI helmets and the experience of users of these and other models.

WRSI Recalls Kayaking and Rafting Helmets Due to Head Injury Hazard
Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall date: March 26, 2013
Recall number: 13-152

Recall Summary

Name of product:

Whitewater Kayaking and Rafting Helmets


The chinstrap buckle can fail, posing a head injury hazard to users.


Refund Replace

Consumer Contact:

WRSI; toll-free at (888) 441-1041, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, email, or online at and click on "Safety Alert" at the center of the home page for more information.

Report an Incident Involving this Product

Recall Details

In conjunction with Health Canada


About 2,000 in the United States and 200 in Canada


This recall involves WRSI Moment and Trident models whitewater kayaking and rafting helmets. They have a black chinstrap with a black plastic buckle and were sold in sizes S/M and M/L. "WRSI" is printed under or on top of the helmet's visor. WRSI's "Wave Logo" is visible on the back of the Moment helmet. "WRSI" is printed vertically on the back of the Trident helmet. The part number is printed on the hang tag of both models. Helmets in the following colors or color combinations and sizes, and with the part numbers listed below, are being recalled:

WRSI models recalled




WRSI is aware of 10 incidents of chinstrap failures. No injuries have been reported.


Consumers should stop using the helmets immediately and contact WRSI for a free replacement or full refund.

Sold at

Northwest River Supplies and sporting goods stores nationwide and online at from March 2012 through November 2012 for between $140 and $170.


Whitewater Technology Associates, LC, dba Whitewater Research & Safety Institute (WRSI), of Park City, Utah

Manufactured in


WRSI Trident Models appear below:
WRSI Trident all colors

WRSI Moment Models appear below:

Recalled WRSI Moment

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on

CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. 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.

Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to or call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (301) 595- 7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at, on Twitter @OnSafety or by subscribing to CPSC's free e- mail newsletters

* OSI has no control over and is not responsible for the content of these releases. Not all relevant details, information or images included in the original release may be shared here. This website presents selected outdoor product recalls that may be of interest to our readers. This website does not present a complete list of product recalls. For complete listings of official product recalls visit (US), Health Canada or the recall agency in your country. Please contact the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, other agencies listed on recalls.govHealth Canada or the product manufacturer if you need any additional information regarding a specific recall.
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on 3/26/13


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