Children Safety: Target Issues Recall to 129,000 Infant Bike Helmets Due to Choking Hazards
Schwinn have issued a voluntarily recall for their Magnetic No-Pinch Buckle Infant Helmet sold exclusively at Target.
According to the report of Consumer Product Safety Commission, small plastic covers and magnets in the magnetic buckle on the helmet chin's trap might come loose posing a risk of choking and magnet ingestion to young children.
Schwinn made the voluntary recall after receiving three incident report of the plastic cover coming loose. There are no injuries reported.
"Despite passing extensive global industry and regulatory testing, Schwinn has recently received three reports that the magnetic chin strap buckle on the Magnetic No-Pinch Buckle Infant Helmets sold exclusively at Target has small plastic covers and magnets that may come loose due to inadequate adhesive, posing a potential choking and magnet ingestion hazard," Scwinn explained in their recall notice.
The recall includes about 129,000 infant bicycle helmets with magnetic no-pinch chin strap buckles made for children ranging from one to three years old and were sold exclusively at Target store from January 2014 through April 2016 for between $18 and $25.
The recalled headgear comes in different colors and design pattern with "Schwinn" printed on the front of the helmet. Only helmets with the magnetic no-pinch chin strap buckles are affected by this recall.
"We know that safety is your number one priority when buying one of our helmets for your child and it's our number one priority when producing one. We are committed to the safety of our helmets and to the Schwinn Quality standard, using over 120 years of cycling heritage, passion and expertise to guide us," Schwinn added.
The products were manufactured in China and imported by Pacific Cycles.
Consumers who bought helmets included in the recall are advised to immediately take the headgear away from their children and contact Schwinn or Pacific cycles for instructions on how to receive a free replacement helmet.