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Head USA Recalls Ski and Snowboard Helmets Due to Head Injury Hazard

Name of Product: Head Ski and snowboard helmets

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/Head-USA-Recalls-Ski-and-Snowboard-Helmets/

Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall Summary

Hazard: The helmets do not comply with the impact requirements of safety standards for helmets, posing a risk of head injury.

Remedy: Replacement – Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled helmets and contact Head USA to receive a free replacement helmet.

Consumer Contact: Head USA at 800-874-3235 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at http://www.head.com then click on Customer Service and then on 2015 Helmet Recall for more information.

Recall Details

Units: About 260 in the United States (in addition, 180 were sold in Canada).

Description: This recall involves six models of HEAD ski and snowboard helmets:  Agent, Alia, Andor, Arise, Arosa and Avril. They were sold in sizes M/L and XL/XXL in black, blue, green white and yellow, with straps in a variety of colors. HEAD, 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. 

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Sold at: Specialty ski and snowboard shops and online from January 2015 through December 2015 for between $80 and $120.

Importer/Distributor: Head USA, of Boulder, Colo.

Manufactured in: Taiwan

Retailers: If you are a retailer of a recalled product you have a duty to notify your customers of a recall. If you can, email your clients or include the recall information in your next marketing communication to your clients. Post any Recall Poster at your stores and contact the manufacturer to determine how you will handle any recalls.

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For Retailers

Recalls Call for Retailer Action

A recall leads to lawsuits because injuries are connected to the product being recalled thus a lawsuit. Plaintiff’s hope the three can be connected

Combination of a Products Liability statute, an Expert Witness Report that was just not direct enough and odd facts holds a retailer liable as manufacture for product defect.

Product Liability takes a different turn. You must pay attention, just not rely on the CPSC.

Retailer has no duty to fit or instruct on fitting bicycle helmet

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For Manufacturers

The legal relationship created between manufactures and US consumers

A recall leads to lawsuits because injuries are connected to the product being recalled thus a lawsuit. Plaintiff’s hope the three can be connected

Combination of a Products Liability statute, an Expert Witness Report that was just not direct enough and odd facts holds a retailer liable as manufacture for product defect.

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