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Bell Sports recalls Soquel youth helmet for strap-anchor defect

Published February 15, 2024

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Bell Sports is recalling its Soquel youth helmets because the strap anchor can dislodge and fail to protect during a crash, violating the Consumer Product Safety Commission's federal helmet regulation.

About 2,425 helmets are affected in the U.S., with another approximately 2,400 sold in Canada. No incidents or injuries have been reported. Consumers are told to contact Bell Sports for a refund, which can be obtained after cutting off the straps and then uploading photos of the helmet to to prove destruction.

The recall affects Soquel helmets made before September 2021. They were sold in various colors in the U.S. and Canada and can be identified by an inner helmet sticker that has the model name and "B0726Y." The helmets have a date code on the white inner label with August 2021 ("8/21") or earlier.

The helmets were sold at Fred Meyer, Walmart, and other stores nationwide, and online at Amazon from January 2017 through January 2024 for between $25 and $50. The helmets were made in China and imported by Bell, which is owned by Vista Outdoor. 

More information: CPSC recall page | Health Canada notice

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