Thousands of bike and motorcycle helmets have recently been recalled because they may fail to protect a rider from serious injuries or death in a crash.
Sakar International Recalls Helmets for Safety Hazards
On January 19, 2023, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of about 33,100 Sakar International Multi-Purpose helmets. These helmets don’t comply with the CPSC’s safety standards for bicycle helmets. They can fail to protect in the event of a crash, posing a risk of head injury.
These products were manufactured in China and sold at Big Lots, Ollies Bargain Outlet, and other stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com from November 2020 through October 2022 for about $30. They were labeled with the following names:
Credhedz Lizard Helmets
These are black with a green plastic lizard on the top of the helmet, and they have black straps and a black buckle. The white warning label on the inside of the helmet contains item No. ACTGEAR241-LIZ in the top right corner.
Crayola Dry Erase Helmets
These are white and have black straps and a black buckle and are sold with a pack of five markers. The white warning label on the inside of the helmet contains item No. ACTGEAR242071 on the top right corner.
Tony Hawk Multi-Purpose Helmets
These were sold in various colors with black straps and a black buckle. The white warning label on the inside of the helmet contains one of the following item numbers in the top right corner:
Consumers are advised to immediately stop using these helmets and contact Sakar for instructions on how to return them for a refund in the form of a $30 gift card. Sakar will also send prepaid postage packing for the return of the helmet. Do not return the helmet to the retailer. Call 800-592-9541 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or check the company’s online recall site.
BILT Recalls Motorcycle Helmets
BILT has also recalled about 35,000 Route and Vertex motorcycle helmets because they may fail to protect the rider. These helmets do not comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced the recalls on January 19, 2023.
The first recall involves nearly 19,000 BILT Route helmets, including the following in sizes MD, XL, and XXL:
- BILT Route BLH100
- BILT Route Retro Womens BLH118
- BILT Route Journey BLH109, in sizes MD, XL, and XXL
The second recall includes about 16,000 BILT Vertex helmets, including the following in sizes SM, MD, LG, and XL:
- BILT Vertex BLH133
- BILT Vertex Parabola BLH 141
- BILT Vertex Stripes BLH134
No injuries have been reported with any of these recalled items.
Dealers will provide either a credit or replace the helmets free of charge for consumers. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on February 1, 2023. Consumers may also contact Comoto Holdings’ customer service at 1-800-292-5343.
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