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Volume 21, #2 - May 21, 2003

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Catlike Helmets Recalled



Today the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall by Catlike USA of Catlike Kompact model bike helmets.

This recall of Catlike helmets involves only 2,250 helmets sold, scarcely enough to be concerned about, except to the users who are wearing inferior impact protection and are not aware of the helmet's limitations.

The significance of this recall is that importers should be very careful about certifying to the CPSC standard any helmet designed to European or non-US standards. The European EN standard is considerably easier to meet than CPSC, and a helmet designed for it will not meet CPSC unless a considerable extra margin of protection has been designed in. We are pleased that CPSC is testing to be sure that manufacturers and importers actually meet its standard.

Below is the CPSC press release.






NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 22, 2003

Release # 03-132 Company Phone Number: (877) 228-5646
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
(Note: this recall is one of several that were combined in a grouped release)


Name of product: Catlike KompactTM Bike Helmets

Units: 2,250

Distributer: Monarch Velo, LLC, doing business as Catlike USA, of Houston, Texas

Hazard: The helmets fail impact testing required under CPSC's safety standard for bicycle helmets, violating the Consumer Product Safety Act.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves Catlike KompactTM adult bicycle helmets. The helmets were sold in two sizes (small/medium and large/extra large) and various colors. The sizing label inside the helmets reads "Kompact" and "SM/MD" or "LG/XL."

Sold at: Bicycle shops nationwide sold the helmets from March 2002 through February 2003 for about $130.

Manufactured in/Imported from: Spain

Remedy: Contact Monarch Velo for information on receiving a free replacement helmet.

Consumer Contact: Contact Monarch Velo toll-free at (877) 228-5646 between 9 a.m and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's web site at www.catlike-usa.com.

Catlike USA Media Contact: Chris Watson at (877) 228-5646

Picture at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml03/03132.html






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