Infant Bicycle Helmets Recalled Due to Potential Choking HazardMay 23, 2016
A voluntary recall has been issued by Wisconsin-based Pacific Cycle of 129,000 Schwinn-branded infant bicycle helmets. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the problem is that the magnetic buckle on the helmet's chin strap can come loose leading to potential magnet ingestion and choking in young children, reports NBC News.
The helmet is designed for children between the ages of one (1) and three (3). They were sold exclusively at Target and Target.com from January 2014 to April 2016. There have been three reports of the buckle cover coming loose received by Pacific Cycle, but no injuries have been reported, according to the CPSC.
The helmets are brightly colored and clearly marked with the word Schwinn on the front and have "no pinch" chin strap buckles. Prices range from $18 to $25.
The helmets were imported by Pacific Cycles after they had been manufactured in China. All customers are advised to take the helmet from their children as soon as possible, and contact Pacific Cycles of Schwinn for instructions to obtain a free replacement helmet.
The company states that they will do their best to ensure the safety of their helmets and that their priority is the safety of the customer, especially concerning the production of a helmet.