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Ski and Snowboard Helmets Recalled

For San Diego residents who plan to head to the mountains this winter, we want to share an important product safety alert. Head USA recently announced the recall of six models of ski and snowboard helmets.

Head injuries account for approximately 10 to 20 percent of all injuries from snow sports. Accordingly, helmets are one of the best ways to prevent a traumatic brain injury while snowboarding or skiing.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the recalled Head USA helmets do not comply with the impact requirements of safety standards for helmets and, therefore, pose a risk of head injury. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported

There are many different helmets on the market today, all of which offer varying degrees of protection. Since consumers have little basis for assessing the relative effectiveness of a given model based on appearance alone, helmets must adhere to certain performance requirements. In this case, the helmets fail to meet the standards established for helmets used in nonmotorized recreational snow sports.

For skiers and snowboarders who are concerned that their helmets may be impacted, the recalled products were sold at specialty ski and snowboard shops and online from January 2015 through December 2015 for between $80 and $120. The recall specifically involves Head USA’s Agent, Alia, Andor, Arise, Arosa and Avril helmet models. They were sold in sizes M/L and XL/XXL in black, blue, green, white and yellow, with straps in a variety of colors. The model name, size and “Production Code: Dec. 2014” are printed on stickers that can be found by lifting the lining above the right earpiece.

Given the risk of head injury, the CPSC’s recall notice advises that consumers should immediately stop using the recalled helmets. They can then contact Head USA to receive a free replacement helmet.