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Volume 25, #1 - January 10, 2007

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Specialized Helmet Recall

Summary: Specialized recalls their new superlight helmet

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

December 18, 2007
Release #08-138

Bicycle Helmets Recalled by Specialized Due to Failing Helmet Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Specialized Bicycle Helmets

Units: About 3,000

Manufacturer: Specialized Bicycles, of Morgan Hill, Calif.

Hazard: The helmets fail testing required under CPSC's safety standard for bicycle helmets. This can pose a head injury hazard to riders in a fall.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves the Specialized helmets, model 2D. Model "2D" is printed on the sides of the helmet in the rear. The helmets were sold for men and women in matte black, white, silver, blue, pink, and team colors.

Sold by: Specialized through its authorized retailers and online stores between July 2007 and October 2007 for about $200.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled helmet immediately and return it to an Authorized Specialized Retailer to receive a free replacement or a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Specialized toll-free at (877) 808-8154 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or visit the company's website at www.specialized.com

To see this recall on CPSC's website, including a picture of the recalled product, please go to: https://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml08/08138.html

BHSI comment: This helmet was a super-lightweight intended to be the top of the Specialized line for 2008, retailing for over $200 and promoted as the lightest CPSC helmet on the market. When we saw this helmet for the first time we were surprised to hear that it could meet the CPSC standard, despite the many points where Specialized had tried to shave weight. We hope they can fix it. Fortunately, very few of the 2D's got to the market.
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