Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Sante Fe Springs, CA, United States (4E) – Multisport helmets from California-based Pro-Tec and sold in the United States are being recalled as the buckle on the helmet fails to meet current federal safety standards, posing a risk of head injury.
Pro-Tec said the recall involves its City Lite and Pro-Tec Street Lite adult multisport helmets. Some 4,600 helmets are being recalled.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled helmets and return them to Pro-Tec for a full refund.
The helmets have chin straps secured by plastic buckles and were sold in sizes S, M, L, and XL. The same buckle was used on all sizes of both helmets.
The buckle bears the markings “ERGO-LOK” and the “UTX D-FLEX” logo. A label on the inside of the helmet reads “Pro-Tec City Lite” or “Pro-Tec Street Lite.”
The recalled helmets have a date code inside on the EPS liner in the format MM/DD/YYYY-090EO. There are two vent holes in the back of the helmet. The left vent hole has either an LED light or a plastic insert.
The City Lite helmet was sold in rubber black and gloss white, and the Street Lite helmet was sold in rubber black, rubber red and gloss white.
Consumer should contact Pro-Tec toll-free at 844-368-3695 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or online at www.protecbrand.com and click on CPSC Safety Recall for more information.
The recalled helmets were sold at McCully Bicycle & Sporting Goods, Quality Bicycle Products; Uncle Funky’s Boards and other sports specialty stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com and ProtecB2C.com from February 2016 through January 2017 for about $80 for the City Lite helmet, and about $60 for the Street Lite helmet.
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