The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of Uvex Funride helmets on July 21, 2011. The CSPC reports that, “The helmet provides insufficient shock absorption and resistance to penetration, posing a head injury hazard.”
On its website, Uvex states that, “due to a routine internal quality control we have become aware that some “funride” ski helmets might have a manufacturing defect. This defect may lead to an insufficient shock absorption and resistance to penetration in areas of the helmet which are construction-conditioned critical (ventilation openings, rivets, synthetic applications) and cause serious injuries when falling.”
About 800 units of the helmet, which is manufactured in China, are being recalled. There have been no injuries reported as a result of the defect. Uvex is offering a full refund for recalled helmets. The Funride retailed for $99.
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