Importer Triple Eight Distribution risk is recalling approximately 30,400
bicycle helmets for youth and kids over concerns that they may not protect
riders from head injuries during fall accidents. Testing of the helmets
revealed that they are not in compliance with Consumer Product Safety
Considering that a helmet and other safety gear are the only protections that a bicyclist would have during a traffic accident, it is important that it is properly constructed and designed to provide the needed before between the cyclist and the road or a vehicle during impact. Kids should stop using the helmet right away and get in touch with Triple Eight to ask for your money back.
According to statistics on the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute’s Web site:
• Of the 630 bicyclists that died in the US in 2009, 74 of them were under the age of 15
• Young bicyclists involved in a traffic crash had a greater chance than adult riders of dying from a head injury
• 75% of bicycle deaths in 2000 involved collisions with motor vehicles
• Also that year, head injuries were a factor in 62.6% of bicycle accident deaths.
At The Gilbert Law Group, we have child injury lawyers who are knowledgeable in the area of catastrophic injury that can help families recover compensation from the manufacturers, retailers, and distributors of dangerous and defective products. Ask to speak with one of our products liability lawyers today.
Unfortunately, traffic crashes are the leading cause of head injuries. A seemingly minor bump can later prove to be something much more serious and permanent.
Symptoms of a possible traumatic brain injury:
• Sudden, uncontrollable drowsiness
• A stiff neck
• Loss of consciousness
• Pounding headache
• Throwing up
• Sudden inability to hear properly
• Skull fracture
• Changes to your pupils
• Vision problems
• Scalp injury
• Head swelling
• Facial bruising
• Loss of ability to move legs or arms
• Decreased blood pressure
• Slurring your speech
According to KidsHealth.org, approximately 500,000 kids are seriously injured in US bicycle accidents. Most of these injuries could have been prevented if the children had worn helmets.
It is important that a helmet meet either Consumer Product Safety Commission standards or the ones set by the nonprofit group Snell Memorial Foundation. The helmet should also be well-ventilated, correctly fit your child, and is of a color (fluorescent or bright) that can make it easy for other motorists and bicyclists to see. Once a helmet has been involved in an impact collision, it is a good idea to replace it right away because they can lose their ability to absorb shock.
Bicycle Helmets Recalled by Triple Eight Distribution Due to Risk of Head Injury, The Sacramento Bee, January 6, 2012
Bicycle Helmets Recalled by Triple Eight Distribution Due to Risk of Head Injury, CPSC, January 6, 2012
Bike Safety, KidsHealth
Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute
More Blog Posts:
Choking Hazard Prompts Build-A-Bear to Recall Over 280,000 Teddy Bears, Product Liability Law Blog, December 28, 2011
Prevent Child Injuries This Holiday Season By Avoiding Dangerous and Defective Toys,
Product Liability Law Blog, November 29, 2011
Michigan Products Liability Lawsuit Seeks Wrongful Death Damages Against Nap Nanny Maker, Product Liability Law Blog, November 19, 2011
Our traumatic brain injury law firm represents kids and their families throughout the US.