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UVEX recalls 47k helmets in US over chin strap concerns

Published December 12, 2014

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The German helmet brand UVEX is recalling nearly 47,000 helmets sold in the U.S. from 2009 through June 2014 because the helmets' chinstraps can fail.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, a broken chinstrap can cause the helmets to slide off the head, posing a head injury hazard. The helmets also do not comply with the impact requirements of the CPSC's safety standards for bicycle helmets. According to the CPSC, there have been no reports of injuries or incidents because of the problem.

The 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.

Consumers are being told to stop using the helmets and contact UVEX for a free compliant helmet or a refund of the purchase price.

The helmets were made in Germany.

UVEX Sports Inc. can be called toll-free at (844) 767-0656 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

More information: CPSC recall notice.

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