|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2001
Release # 01-220
|Helmets Recall Hotline: (888) 338-4562
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Nychelle Fleming, (301) 504-7063
CPSC, World Industries Announce Recall of Skateboard Helmets
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), World Industries Inc., of Huntington Beach, Calif., is voluntarily recalling 10,000 skateboard helmets. These helmets failed impact testing required under CPSC's Safety Standard for Bicycle Helmets. Riders wearing these helmets are not adequately protected from falls and could suffer head injuries or death.
CPSC and World Industries have not received any reports of injuries. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.
The recalled helmets come in black, blue and white and have the name "World Industries" printed on the chin strap, the back of the helmet, and the inside padding. On the sides of the helmet, yellow and blue cartoon characters can be seen shooting fire from a gun. Two labels inside of the helmet read in part, "Certified CPSC 16CFR1203," "Warning This Helmet Is Not For Motor Vehicle" and "Made in China."
Retail outlets, chains and catalogs nationwide sold the helmets from October 2000 through May 2001 for about $40.
Consumers should stop using these helmets immediately and return them to the stores where purchased for a full refund. Consumers also can call World Industries toll-free at (888) 338-4562 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risk of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product-related incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products has contributed to a decline in the rate of injuries associated with consumer products over the past 50 years.
Federal law prohibits any person from selling products subject to a Commission ordered recall or a voluntary recall undertaken in consultation with the CPSC.