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Rollerblade USA Recalls Helmets Due to Head Injury Hazard

Recall Summary

Name of Product: Rollerblade inline skating helmets

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/Rollerblade-USA-Recalls-Helmets/

Recall Date: April 13, 2016

Recall Number: 16-142 

Hazard: The helmet’s plastic shell can crack where the straps attach, causing the helmet to shift and move on the wearer’s head. This can result in a head injury hazard to the user in the event of a fall.

Remedy: Refund

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled helmets and contact the firm for instructions on receiving a full refund.

Consumer Contact: Rollerblade USA at 800-232-7655 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email at RCS@Rollerblade.com or online at http://www.rollerblade.com and click on Product Recall for more information.

Recall Details

Photos Available At http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/Rollerblade-USA-Recalls-Helmets/

Units: About 500

Description: This recall involves black Rollerblade brand Maxxum helmets. “Rollerblade” is printed on the side of the helmet, a white inline skate logo is printed on the back of the helmet and a label on the inside of the helmet contains the model number “YJ-219” and production date of October 2014 or earlier. The SKU number 06520210100 is printed on the helmet’s box.  

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Sold at: Inline Warehouse, Paragon Athletic Goods, Summit Sports and other sporting goods stores and Rollerblade helmet dealers nationwide and online at http://www.amazon.com, http://www.inlineskates.com, http://www.inlinewarehouse.com and http://www.rollerblade.com from November 2014 through January 2016 for about $60.

Importer: Rollerblade USA, of West Lebanon, N.H.

Manufactured in: China

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

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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.

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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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