Bell Sports recalls 16,000 Giro Merit helmets

Photo source: CPSC

The helmets can fail to protect the wearer in a crash

Bell Sports of Scotts Valley, Calif., is recalling about 16,465 Giro Merit bicycle helmets sold in the U.S., and Canada.

The helmets do not comply with the federal safety standard for bicycle helmets, and can fail to protect in a crash, posing a risk of head injury.

No incidents or injuries are reported.

This recall involves only Giro Merit helmets manufactured prior to January 2023.

The recalled helmet can be identified by the model’s name “Merit” on the rear/side of the helmet and the inner helmet sticker which has the model’s name “Merit” written on it and also GH230.

The helmets, manufactured in China, were sold at Epicenter Cycling, Freewheel Bike West Bank, Velotech and other stores nationwide, online at Giro.com, Backcountry.com and other websites from September 2021, through January 2023, for about $220.

What to do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled helmets and contact Giro for a free replacement or a full refund.

Consumers may contact Giro at (800) 456-2355 between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CT) Monday through Friday, by email at consumersupport@bellgiro.com, or online at https://www.giro.com/news/cycling/merit-helmet-voluntary-recall.html for more information.

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