At the height of the summer biking season, two companies are voluntarily recalling about 79,000 bicycle helmets after government regulators found the headgear failed safety tests and would not adequately protect children or adults from serious or fatal head injuries.
A third company is recalling about 2,200 trailers that are attached to bicycles to transport children.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission said it was not aware of any injuries or deaths as a result of the flawed helmets but was publicizing the problem to prevent casualties. There has been one report of a minor injury associated with the faulty trailer.
Rand International of Farmingdale, N.Y., is recalling about 70,000 helmets — “L.A. Cruisin’” models that were sold in various child, youth and adult sizes. The youth and adult-sized helmets are white or black and the child sizes are either blue or pink.
A label inside the helmet reads, “Manufactured by Rand International,” and Made In China writing on the packaging reads, “Rand,” “L.A. Cruisin’” and “Meets CPSC & ASTM Standards 78.”
The helmets were sold nationwide at Kmart and Rose’s stores from April 1999 through March 2000 for about $8.
Cycle Express Inc. of New York also is recalling about 9,000 bicycle helmets. The girls’ helmets are mostly pink mixed with silver glitter, and the pink part is bordered by purple tape. Decals on the helmets read “Hearts & Flowers.” The helmets are size small, for ages 2 through 5 years.
A label inside them reads “Distributed By: Cycle Express.” The packaging on the box reads, “Hearts and Flowers Helmet Combo Value Pack” and “Item 10235.” The helmets were sold with a bike bag-purse combo and hair accessories.
Toys R Us stores sold the helmets with accessories nationwide from October 1999 through April 2000 for about $13.
Commission officials said consumers should stop using the bicycle helmets in question immediately. The Rand helmets can be returned to the company for a free replacement. The Cypress helmets should be returned to the store for a $7 refund, which is the value of a helmet without the accessories.
Burley Design Cooperative of Eugene, Ore., is recalling about 2,200 Burley-BravoTM bicycle trailers, which are used to transport young children behind bikes. The wheel can separate from the trailers and result in crashes and injuries to children riding inside. Also, losing control of the bicycle pulling a trailer can cause the rider to crash and suffer injuries.
Report of a Wheel Coming Off
Burley received one report of a wheel coming off, causing the bicycle rider to fall and suffer minor injuries.
The trailers in question were sold between November 1999 and June 2000 by authorized Burley dealers and bicycle shops nationwide for about $350.
The blue and yellow trailers are designed to carry two children. They are 34 inches long, not including the hitch, 26 inches wide and 33 inches high. They have weight capacity of 100 pounds.
They are marked with serial numbers 430-01-1 through 430-29-160. Serial numbers, manufacturing date and the words “Bravo Trailer” are located on a label on the underside of the aluminum frame next to the right wheel.
Writing on the front of the trailer reads, “Burley.” Writing on the trailer’s rain and sun cover reads, “Burley Bravo.”
Commission officials said consumers should stop using them immediately and return them to the store for a free inspection and repair, if necessary.