Bell Sport Exodus bicycle motocross helmet recall

On May 31, 2011 the Bell Sports Exodus Full-Face Bicycle Motocross Helmet (Youth) was jointly recalled with Bell Sports, Inc., Health Canada, and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC).

This recall involves the Bell Sports Exodus full-face bicycle motocross youth helmet, marketed for racing and downhill riding. The helmets come in two styles: black/red helmet with red interior padding, or blue/gray/black helmet with black interior padding. The helmet wraps over the front edge (around the chin) and has an adjustable visor. The helmet also has removable cheek pads.

Recalled helmets can be identified by UPC 0 35011 89802 x and 0-35011-91771-9. The helmets also come with a white sticker on the inside of the helmet that identifies them as "Exodus" with the weight and size also marked.

What is the danger?

The plastic release buckle on the helmet that connects the chin straps can separate and cause the helmet to eject from the user's head. This can pose a risk of serious injury or death to the user.

There has been one report of the helmet ejecting off of the head, causing a laceration under the eye that required stitches.

At time of the recall Health Canada has not received any reports of incidents or injuries related to the use of these helmets.

What should I do?

You should immediately stop using the recalled helmets and contact Bell Sports to receive a refund or replacement helmet.

For more information, you may contact Bell Sports at 1-866-892-6059 (English only) or by e-mail at moc.stropslleb|ksed_rewsna#moc.stropslleb|ksed_rewsna. Consumers can also visit the Bell Sports' website.

How many were sold and where?

In Canada, approximately 2,500 units of the recalled helmets were sold at Wal-Mart and Mountain Equipment Co-op stores across the nation.

In the United States, approximately 31,100 units of the recalled helmets were sold.

The recalled products were sold from August 2009 to March 2011 in Canada and in the United States. These helmets were manufactured in Taiwan. The manufacturer is Bell Sports, Inc. of Scotts Valley, California.

If Bell Sports, Inc. has purchased product recall insurance under their commercial general liability policy then they could be claiming the costs of the recall under their policy. If there is a claim resulting from the injury of a person while using this helmet when operating their bicycle or motocross then this also could be addressed by the liability insurance. The policy wording and limits of coverage including deductible chosen could affect how much will be covered by the insurance and how much would come out of the company coffers.