A recall has been issued for 2016 and 2017 Smith Quantum ski and snowboard helmets because the buckle can disengage, which poses a risk of head injury, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced. Consumers with these helmets should stop using the immediately and contact Smith for instructions on returning the helmet – free of cost – for a free repair.
The Smith Quantum ski and snowboard helmets were sold in sizes S, M, L and XL in matte black/charcoal, matte white/charcoal, matte Fire (red)/charcoal, matte Klein Blue, matte olive green, matte Reactor (bright green)/black, and matte Thunder gray color combinations. The words “Smith Quantum” are printed on a label inside the helmet along with the manufacturing dates. Affected products include 2016 and 2017 models.
The helmets were sold at ski and snowboard shops and by major retailers including REI, online at Backcountry.com, Smithoptics.com, and other online retailers, from October 2016 to July 2017. The helmets cost about $300 each. About 7,000 of the helmets were sold in the U.S., and an additional 1,000 in Canada.
To date, no injuries have been reported involving this issue with the helmets. However, helmets play a vital role in protecting skiers and snowboarders.
According to the National Ski Areas Association, the use of helmets reduces the incidence of any head injury by 30 to 50 percent. However, the increase in head injuries is generally limited to the less serious injuries. Despite the increased use of helmets among skiers and snowboarders, there has not been a significant reduction in fatalities.