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Bike helmets recalled due to strap malfunction

More than 600 cyclists are struck and killed each year by cars, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That’s why it is so important that safety equipment for bike riders meets federal standards and be free of defects.

Bell Sports is recalling about 2,500 Bell Full Throttle Bike Helmets with a chin bar because of a defect that could result in a head injury.

According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, the buckle on the helmet’s safety strap can release in an accident and allow the helmet to fall off the rider, posing the risk of a head injury.

The all-black helmets are used for full coverage bicycle motocross riding and they are identified by the Bell sticker on the front and lower side, as well as a label bearing the UPC and part codes on the side of the helmet shell. The specific UPC code for the recalled helmets is 035011 937052 with the part number 1009159.

The helmets were sold exclusively at Toys R’ Us stores between July 2012 and January 2013 for about $60.

If you bought the helmet, you should stop using the helmet immediately and contact Bell Sports Inc. and find out how to receive a full refund. The toll-free number is 866-892-6059 and the company can be reached between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday. You also can visit the firm’s website at www.bellbikestuff.com and click on “Recall Notice” for more information.

When you buy a safety product for your child, you should be able to depend on it to protect them. Manufacturers must be held responsible for identifying hazards or possible issues before their products make their way into the hands of innocent consumers.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a recalled product, let the experienced Cincinnati personal injury attorneys of Elk & Elk help you. Call 1-800-ELK-OHIO or visit our website for a free consultation.