Nearly 500 Rollerblade Inline Skating Helmets are being recalled by Rollerblade USA and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) after reports that the helmet does not provide adequate protection from a head injury.
The recall notice states that the helmet’s plastic shell may crack where the straps are attached, allowing the helmet to move too much on the consumer’s head. There is a significant possibility the wearer would suffer a head injury in the event of a fall.
The helmet recall focuses on the Rollerblade brand Maxxum helmets in black. The helmets can be identified by their “Rollderblade” logo printed on the side, along with a white inline skate logo printed on the back. The recalled helmets should have a label inside with the model number “YJ-219” printed and a production date of October 2014 or earlier. The recalled helmet’s box should have the SKU number of 06520210100.
While no injuries have been linked to the rollerblade helmet recall yet, a single head injury, specifically one that results in a traumatic brain injury (TBI), can cause significant problems throughout a person’s life. Despite TBI victims appearing to be fine, they may still be suffering from short- or long-term changes that affect thinking, sensation, language or even emotions, creating depression and aggression. Studies have shown that TBI patients are two to three times more inclined to commit suicide when compared to those without a TBI, depending on the individual.
From November 2014 through January 2016, the recalled helmets were sold for about $60 at retailers including Inline Warehouse, Paragon Athletic Goods, Summit Sports and other sporting goods stores and Rollerblade helmet dealers nationwide. The recalled helmets were also sold online on www.amazon.com, www.inlineskates.com, www.inlinewarehouse.com and www.rollerblade.com.
Consumers in possession of one or more of the recalled helmets are asked to stop using them and contact Rollerblade USA for instruction on how to receive a full refund.
For more information on the helmet recall, contact Rollerblade USA at 800-232-7655 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email at RCS@Rollerblade.com or online at www.rollerblade.com and click on Product Recall.