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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) along with UVEX Sports has announced a recall of seven models of bicycle helmets because the anchor for the chinstrap can fail.
According to news reports consumers are asked to stop using the recalled products right away because they have the potential to cause riders serious head injuries.
Helmets Could Slide Off
The recall involves seven models of UVEX bike helmets that come in a variety of colors and different colored chinstraps. The helmets also have a model number inside them under the fitting pad on the top right side.
According to CPSC officials, the anchor in the chinstrap can fail causing the helmets to slide off the head and posing an injury hazard. The bicycle helmets also fail to comply with the impact requirement of the CPSC safety standards for bicycle helmets.
So far no injuries or deaths have been reported as a result of these defective products. The helmets included in the recall were sold in bicycle specialty stores nationwide from September 2009 through June 2014 for about $100 to $260.
Consumers should stop using the helmets and contact UVEX for a free compliant helmet or a refund of the purchase price. For more information, call UVEX at 1-844-767-0656.
The Danger of Head Injuries
There are four main types of head injuries. A closed injury does not break open your skull or penetrate brain tissue, but it can cause bruising or swelling of the brain.
An open injury is any damage that penetrates the skull that could cause bleeding within the brain tissue. An open head injury could also lead to skull fractures.
A concussion occurs when the brain is shaken and could lead to severe headaches or loss of consciousness. Scalp wounds may lead to bleeding or tissue damage.
Head injuries may have serious or life-changing consequences depending on the nature and extent of the injury.
If the injury was caused by a defective product, injured victims can file a product liability claim against the manufacturer seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
If a defective product has injured you, make sure you preserve it in its current condition so that an expert can examine it thoroughly for design flaws, defects and other malfunctions.
The best product defect law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.