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Bell Recalls More Than 30,000 Bicycle Helmets. Are You At Risk?


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6/16/2011
James E. Ballidis
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A properly fitted bicycle helmet is the best protection against head injury in an Orange County bicycle accident.  To learn more about helmets, read our article "Preventing Orange County Bicycle-Car Accidents".
 
However, to offer protection, the helmet must be on a rider's head. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a voluntary recall of the Bell Sports full-face bicycle helmets.  The plastic buckle that connects the chin straps can fail and cause the helmet to come off the wearer's head.   If the bicyclist is in an accident, he may lose the protection of the helmet and sustain serious injury.  
 
Models affected:
 
The recall involves Bell Exodus in youth sizes.  These full-face helmets have a plastic buckle on the chinstrap and an angled visor.  Only the following model numbers are affected:
 
Color:  Orange/Grey/Black   Part/Model Number: 1003825/035011898025
 
Color:  Blue/Grey/Gold/White/Black   Part/Model Number: 1006714/035011917719
 
The model and part number can be found on a removable sticker located on the side of the helmet
 
The recall comes after one report of a buckle failing during a bicycle accident.  The bicyclist sustained an injury that required stitches below the wearer's eye. If you or your child owns a recalled Bell Exodus bicycle helmet, you should stop using it immediately and contact Bell Sports at (866) 892-6059 for a replacement or refund.
 
If your helmet has malfunctioned during a California bike accident, contact the Orange County bicycle injury attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie at 866-981-5596.

Category: Bicycle Accidents


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