It was just announced yesterday that Bell Sports is recalling several thousand bicycle helmets. The company announced the recall in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission after discovering that the chin strap of the helmets may fail, causing the helmet to come off during a bicycle crash. As a Weston Products Liability Injury Attorney, I thought it was important to discuss this recall since so many children in Weston ride their bikes around our communities. In total, approximately 33,600 Bell Sports bicycle helmets are being recalled.
According to the CPSC Bell Sports Bicycle Helmet Recall Release, there has been one report of the chin strap buckle failing. That person needed to get stitches below their eye as a result of the defective chin strap. Luckily, there haven’t been any other injury reports as of yet. As a Weston Injury Lawyer, I find this recall quite alarming because of the importance of wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle. We know that the helmet won’t protect us from everything, but we wear helmets with the expectation that they will at least remain on our heads in the event of a crash. This poses a major safety risk for anyone wearing this helmet and expecting it to function in the event of a fall or an accident.
For anyone who thinks they might have purchased this product, be sure to check with the CPSC Bell Sports Helmet Recall Release above in order to double check as to whether your helmet is affected. You can match the model number of your helmet with those of the recalled helmets on that page. From a Weston Injury Attorney’s perspective, hopefully this recall prompts Bell Sports and other helmet makers to ensure that their products are functioning at the standards that we expect them to. Bicycle helmets prevent countless head injuries every year, which is why wearing one that functions properly is so important.