California-based Bell Sports Inc. has announced the recall of approximately 2,500 Bell Full Throttle Bike Helmets because of a defect that could ultimately result in serious injuries for riders. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Full Throttle helmets contain safety straps that may become loose or completely release while a person is riding a bike, and in the case of an accident, the helmet could fall off, subjecting the rider to a risk of serious head injury.
Fortunately, the CPSC was not aware of any injuries having been reported in connection with this issue at the time of the recall announcement; however, the concern was great enough to warrant a recall and the urging of riders to immediately stop using the helmets. Manufactured in China and sold at Toys R Us stores nationwide for approximately $60, the all-black helmets are used for full coverage bicycle motocross riding (or, more popularly, “BMX”) and they are identified by the Bell sticker on the front and lower side, as well as a label bearing the UPC and part codes on the side of the helmet shell.
The specific UPC code for the recalled helmets is 035011 937052 with the part number 1009159, and they were sold between July 2012 and January 2013. If a rider possesses one of these helmets, he or she should contact Bell Sports immediately at (866) 892-6059 to receive a full refund.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2010, 618 cyclists were struck and killed by automobiles, while an additional 52,000 people were injured in similar accidents. In addition, over the past decade, the number of automobile accidents that have led to bicycle-related fatalities has remained consistently greater than 600. These deaths are avoidable and preventable, though, which is why it is important for cyclists and bike riders in general to make sure that the safety equipment they are using meets federal standards and is free of life-threatening defects.