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The Helmet Update

Volume 32, #4, December 12, 2014

All issues index

Uvex recall

Uvex has recalled seven models for chinstrap failures and failures to meet the CPSC impact standard.

We had heard rumors of the recall, said to be the result of more rigorous testing by Uvex's in-house lab.

The press release gave only model numbers. Some of the model names are:

XB017 - Race 6
XB022 - Onyx
XB025 - City 9
XB027 - Sport Boss, Boss Race
XB032 - Factory Pilot (FP) 3
XB038 - Ultrasonic Race

For XB025, in addition to the City 9, there are many other model names on the Uvex web page that Uvex identifies as needing a strap anchor replacement: Bladenight, Top Vent, XP, XP 100, XP CC, XP City, Crazy Creek Skatenight, Mercedes Benz Fahrradhelm B67997549 and Nakamura Aero.

Uvex has often changed model names from year to year or produced different models for themselves or others, but the model number is included in the liner mold and does not change. So it is best to look for the number inside to determine if a given helmet has been recalled.

Here is the CPSC recall notice:


U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Communications
4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814

1. Bicycle Helmets Recalled by UVEX Sports Due to Risk of Head Injury https://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Bicycle-Helmets-Recalled-by-UVEX-Sports/

1. Recall Date: December 12, 2014
Recall Number: 15-045

Bicycle Helmets Recalled by UVEX Sports Due to Risk of Head Injury

Recall Summary

Name of Product: UVEX Bicycle Helmets

Hazard: The anchor for the helmet's chinstrap can fail, causing the helmets to slide off the head, posing a head injury hazard. The bicycle helmets also do not comply with the impact requirements of the CPSC safety standards for bicycle helmets.

Remedy: Refund, Replace

Consumer Contact: UVEX Sports Inc. toll-free at (844) 767-0656 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.uvex-sports.us and click on "Recall" for more information.

Recall Details

Units: 46,800

Description: This recall involves seven models of UVEX helmets. The helmets come in a variety of colors with different colored chin straps. The helmets have a model number inside the helmet under the fitting pad on the top right side. The affected helmet model numbers are XB017, XB022, XB025, XB027, XB032, XB036 and XB038.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the helmets and contact UVEX for a free compliant helmet or a refund of the purchase price.

Sold at: sporting goods and bicycle specialty stores nationwide from September 2009 through June 2014 for about $100 to $260.

Manufacturer: Uvex Sports GmbH & Co. KG, Germany

Manufactured in: Germany


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to a product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov.

Media Contact
Please use the phone numbers below for all media requests.
Phone: (301) 504-7908
Spanish: (301) 504-7800

CPSC Consumer Information Hotline
Contact us at this toll-free number if you have questions about a recall:

800-638-2772 (TTY 301-595-7054)

Times: 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET; Messages can be left anytime

Call to get product safety and other agency information and to report unsafe products.

This message is from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (www.cpsc.gov), an independent federal regulatory agency, located at 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814 Toll-free hotline: (800) 638-2772.