FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 28, 1999
Release # 99-104
CONTACT: Kim Dulic
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1183
CPSC, Bell Sports Inc. Announce Recall of Bicycle
WASHINGTON, D.C. (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Bell Sports Inc., of San Jose, Calif., is
voluntarily recalling about 5,800 bicycle helmets used for BMX and downhill mountain
biking and racing. A defect with the helmets' chin strap rivets can result in the helmet
coming off the rider's head in the event of a fall or crash. If the helmet comes off,
serious head injury could result.
Bell Sports is aware of one incident where the chin strap assembly became detached from a
helmet during a crash. No injury was reported.
These bike helmets are red, green, black, white and "Tear Away," which is
multicolored. They were sold under the model names Rhythm, Bellistic and Qualifier, which
is written on their packaging. The recalled helmets have date stickers inside reading
October 1998 through March 1999. "BELL" is written on the sides of these helmets
and on the visors.
Independent bicycle dealers nationwide sold these helmets from October 1999 through April
1999 for between $90 and $125.
Consumers should stop using these helmets immediately, until they are repaired or
replaced. For more information, consumers should call Bell Sports at (800) 456-BELL
between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CDT Monday through Friday. For a free replacement helmet,
including shipping costs, consumers should mail their helmets to Bell Sports Inc., Route
136 East, Rantoul, IL 61866, ATTN: BMX Department. Consumers also can contact Bell Sports
through their website at www.bellsports.com.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
protects the public from unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of
consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a
product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's
hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press
release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine
and enter the release number. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information or
report product hazards to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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