By Colleen Kave, J.D.
Pacific Cycle Inc., of Madison, Wisconsin, has recalled about 129,000 infant bicycle helmets with magnetic no-pinch buckle chin straps because the magnetic buckle on the helmet’s chin strap contains small plastic covers and magnets that can come loose, posing a risk of choking and magnet ingestion to young children (CPSC Recall Notice, No. 16-162, May 17, 2016).
Incidents and injuries. Pacific Cycle has received three reports of the plastic cover coming loose. No injuries have been reported.
Product description. This recall involves infant bicycle helmets with magnetic no-pinch chin strap buckles. The helmets are made for infants ranging from one to three years old. The helmet and its straps come in various colors and design patterns. The buckles have small plastic covers and enclosed magnets. “SCHWINN” is printed on the front of the helmets. Only helmets with the magnetic no-pinch chin strap buckles are affected by this recall.
These helmets, which were manufactured in China, were sold exclusively at Target stores and online at www.target.com from January 2014 through April 2016 for between $18 and $25.
Remedy. Consumers should take the helmets away from children immediately and contact Pacific Cycle for instructions on how to receive a free replacement helmet.
Customer contact. For more information, customers may contact Pacific Cycle toll-free at 877-564-2261 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday; by email at [email protected]; or online at www.schwinnbikes.com and click on “Support” then “Safety & Recalls,” or at www.target.com and click on “Product Recalls” found in the “Help” menu.
Companies: Pacific Cycle Inc.
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