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30,400 Kids Bicycle Helmets Recalled

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a voluntary recall, in cooperation with Triple Eight Distribution, Inc., of Port Washington, N.Y., of approximately 30,400 bicycle helmets which have been marketed for use by children and youth.

Tests of the product illustrated that the helmets do not comply with CPSC safety standards for impact resistance and that those who use them could suffer head injuries upon crashing or falling from a bicycle. The helmets were manufactured in China, imported by Triple Eight Distribution and sold from August 2006 through November 2011 for about $40, at bicycle, sports and retail stores throughout the country.

Several varieties of helmets marketed to children and youth are involved in this recall: The Little Tricky helmets are multi-use helmets which are used by children. They have the large Little Tricky logo on both sides of the helmet. They are a one-size fits all helmet and come in colors, black, pink, white and green.

Triple Eight S/M EPS Liner helmets have a hard black inner EPS foam liner and were sold in colors black, white, bone, blue and army green. Another helmet, the Sector 9 S/M EPS Liner helmet, features the same EPS liner and come in gray, white, black, blue and green. The latter helmets have an interior label with the size "S/M" for small/medium and a manufacturing date in the month/year format, e.g., APR/2011.

Parents should remove these helmets from their children’s sports equipment collections and ensure that the helmets are not used. Consumers may contact Triple Eight for a full refund by calling the company’s toll free number, 1(888) 548-8518 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.triple8.com

To view photos of the helmets involved in this recall, please visit the CPSC website at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12082.html

Yet another Chinese product recalled. And, yet another example of the lowest price not necessarily equaling the best value, and certainly not the safest alternative.