Recall: WRSI Whitewater Kayaking And Rafting Helmets
On 2013-03-26, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding WRSI Whitewater Kayaking And Rafting Helmets due to a potential head injury hazard. This product sold new beginning in March 2012 for about $140 to $170.
About 2,000 units are involved in this Whitewater Research & Safety Institute (WRSI) helmet recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 1st recall of products in the Other Sports Equipment category in 2013.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 30 similar recalls,
involving about 1 million product units.
Company Contact Information:
Phone: (888) 441-1041
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What is the problem?
The chinstrap buckle can fail, posing a head injury hazard to users.
How can I tell if I own this product?
This recall involves WRSI Moment and Trident models whitewater kayaking and rafting helmets. They have a black chinstrap with a black plastic buckle and were sold in sizes S/M and M/L. "WRSI" is printed under or on top of the helmet's visor. WRSI's "Wave Logo" is visible on the back of the Moment helmet. "WRSI" is printed vertically on the back of the Trident helmet. The part number is printed on the hang tag of both models. Helmets in the following colors or color combinations and sizes, and with the part numbers listed below, are being recalled:
|Model||Color and Size||Part Number|
|Glossy red - S/M||852145003633 and 852145003657|
|Glossy red - M/L||852145003602 and 852145003619|
|Matte black - S/M||852145003626 and 852145003640|
|Matte black - M/L||852145003589 and 852145003596|
|Trident||Black Rasta - M/L||852145003411|
|Black with pinstripe - S/M||852145003466|
|Black with pinstripe - M/L||852145003367|
|Blue/Carbon - S/M||852145003459|
|Blue/Carbon - M/L||852145003398|
|Green/Army green - S/M||852145003480|
|Green/Army green - M/L||852145003381|
|Green/Carbon - S/M||852145003442|
|Green/Carbon - M/L||852145003404|
|Red/Burnt red - S/M||852145003473|
|Red/Burnt red - M/L||852145003374|
This product was also recalled in Canada. Health Canada's press release is available at http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2013/26397r-eng.php
These items were sold new+ at Northwest River Supplies and sporting goods stores nationwide and online at www.whitewaterhelmet.com from March 2012 through November 2012 for between $140 and $170.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.
The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers should stop using the helmets immediately and contact WRSI for a free replacement or full refund.
WRSI; toll-free at (888)441-1041, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at www.whitewaterhelmets.com and click on "Safety Alert" at the center of the home page for more information.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
WRSI is aware of 10 incidents of chinstrap failures. No injuries have been reported.
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.
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