November 17, 2000Three Firms Recall Bicycle
D.C. (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation
with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Variflex Inc., of Moorpark,
Calif.; NHS Inc., of Santa Cruz, Calif.; and First Team Sports Inc., of Anoka, Minn.; are
voluntarily recalling about 243,000 bicycle helmets. These helmets fail impact testing
required under CPSC's Safety Standard for Bicycle Helmets, violating the Consumer Product
Safety Act. Riders wearing these helmets are not adequately protected from falls, and
could suffer severe head injuries or death. The recalls are the result of a CPSC
investigation, test results provided by the Good Housekeeping Institute and a helmet
company's report to CPSC.
CPSC and these firms are not aware of any injuries or incidents involving these helmets.
This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.
Variflex Inc. "X-Games Aggressive" Bicycle Helmets
Variflex Inc. is recalling about 240,000 "X-Games Aggressive" bicycle
helmets, which are either black, white or chrome. They have a red "X- Games"
insignia on the front and "X-Games" is written on the back. A large label inside
these helmets reads "SGS CPSC CY50159." And "Variflex Inc."
"Static" and "Made in Taiwan" are written on the packaging.
Sporting good and discount department
stores nationwide sold these helmets from October 1999 through September 2000 for about
$20. Consumers should stop using these helmets immediately, and return them to the store
where purchased for a refund or replacement helmet. For more information, call Variflex at
(800) 248-5327 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.
NHS TSG Helmets
NHS Inc. is recalling about 1,100 "TSG Metallic Gold," 1,000 "TSG Gloss
Black" and 500 "TSG Foundation Blue" helmets. The Metallic Gold and Gloss
Black helmets have "TSG" written on the front and rear of the helmet. The
Foundation Blue helmets have the word "Foundation" across the front and a star
and moon on the side of the helmet. They have serial numbers beginning SN: 00170 or SN:
00171, and a date code of January, February and April 2000 written on the white label
inside the helmets.
Sporting good stores nationwide sold these helmets from February 2000 through October 2000
for between $35 to $45.
Consumers should stop using these helmets immediately and return them to NHS Inc., not to
the store where purchased, for a refund. For more information and instructions on how to
return the helmet, call NHS at (877) 743-7820 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through
First Team Sports
"Guardian Junior Helmets"
First Team Sports Inc. is recalling about 1,000 "Guardian Junior Helmets." They
are slate blue, and have "Guardian" written on the front and rear of the
helmets. They have model numbers 007471, 007958, 009406, 009437, 009455 or 009830, and
date code "2000/04" written on a label inside the helmets.
Sporting goods stores in the eastern and north eastern U.S. sold these helmets from
February 2000 through October 2000 for about $25.
Consumers should stop using these helmets immediately, and return them to the store where
purchased for a refund. For more information, call First Team Sports at (800) 528-5872
between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.
Safety Alerts compiles
comprehensive safety recall information for the United States. SafeMail is a free email
service to warn consumers of faulty products and contaminated foods. For complete
information regarding current recalls, past recalls and timely product warning
notification visit: www.safetyalerts.com.