CPSC Announces Recall Of Variflex, TSG, And Foundation Helmets

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Variflex Inc., of Moorpark, California, NHS Inc., of Santa Cruz, California, and First Team Sports Inc., of Anoka, Minnesota 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-goods and discount department stores nationwide sold these helmets from October 1999 through September 2000 for about 20 dollars. 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-goods stores nationwide sold these helmets from February 2000 through October 2000 for between 35 and 45 dollars.

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 Friday.

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 dollars.

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.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC’s hotline at (800) 638-2772, or CPSC’s teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit CPSC’s web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. For information on CPSC’s fax-on-demand service, call the above numbers or visit the web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/103.html. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC’s web site at http://www.cpsc.gov.

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