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The Helmet Update

Volume 41 - #3 - March 10, 2023

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CPSC warns Walmart helmet fails to meet standard

CPSC has taken the unusual step of warning the public that a helmet does not meet its standard after the manufacturer refused to recall the helmets. Their news release is below.

CPSC Warns Consumers to Immediately Stop Using TureClos Bicycle Helmets Due to Risk of Head Injury; Sold at Walmart.com

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning consumers to immediately stop using TureClos bicycle helmets because the helmets do not comply with federal safety standards. The helmets can fail to protect riders in the event of a crash, posing a risk of head injury.

The helmets do not comply with the positional stability, retention system, impact attenuation, and labeling requirements of the mandatory federal safety standard for bicycle helmets.

The seller, Dongguanshisuyubgsgabgnaiyiuxiangongsi, of China, has refused to recall these helmets or offer a remedy to consumers. CPSC is continuing to pursue a recall.

The bicycle helmets were sold online at www.walmart.com from March 2022 through November 2022 for about $13. The helmets were sold in size Large (L), fitting a head circumference of about 22 ½ to 25 inches. The helmets are black with blue accents, with black and white stripes, black straps and a red buckle. There is no labeling inside the helmet and no outer markings.

CPSC tested the TureClos bicycle helmets subject to this warning and determined the helmets failed to meet federal safety standard. CPSC is aware of other TureClos bicycle helmets offered for sale online in the color red but has not specifically tested the safety of those helmets. CPSC urges consumers to stop using, cut the straps, and dispose of these helmets immediately. Report any incidents involving product injuries or defects to CPSC at www.SaferProducts.gov.

Individual Commissioners may have statements related to this topic. Please visit www.cpsc.gov/commissioners to search for statements related to this or other topics.

Release Number 23-144

CPSC Announces recall of 120 Ouwoer Kids helmets

CPSC has announced that Ouwoer Kids Multi Purpose Bike Helmets model W-001 with production date 202201 have been recalled. They were sold exclusively through Amazon, and only about 120 units were sold. The helmets are classic skate-style. CPSC says they were recalled because: "The recalled helmets do not comply with the positional stability and impact attenuation requirements of the CPSC federal safety standard for bicycle helmets."

Consumers should call Ouwoer Direct collect at 213-583-9060 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or contact them by email at Ouwoer@hotmail.com or online at the Ouwoer Direct page on Amazon.com. The helmets were made in China by Ianova

The alert is on the CPSC recalls page. We did not issue a separate Helmet Update for this one since the number of units recalled was very small.