8-31-05 - Back Trails Jr. children's bicycle helmets sold nationwide at Target stores are being recalled because they don't meet government safety standards.
About 494,000 helmets are affected by the recall, which Target and the Consumer Product Safety Commission planned to announce Wednesday. Regulators say some of the helmets, sold at Target from April 2004 through last month, don't meet the commission's impact test and pose a risk of head injuries to riders. No injuries have been reported.
The helmets were manufactured by UNA International Limited of China and distributed by Dynacraft BSC Inc. of San Rafael, Calif.
Helmet model numbers 89888, 88003, 89951, 88001, 89952, 88002 and 89917 are being recalled. The helmets also carry the date of manufacture and the words "made in China," and the packages show Target product identification numbers 082-01-0520, 082-01-0149, 082-01-0189 or 082-01-0334.
Consumers should stop using the helmets immediately and return them to the nearest Target store for a gift card in the amount of a full refund.
Chinese-made products account for a disproportionately high percentage of U.S. recalls. CPSC Chairman Hal Stratton visited the country to seek ways to improve safety and signed an agreement Tuesday calling for the two countries to share more information.
"It's an example of what we are trying to communicate not only to the Chinese government right now but to manufacturers as well as testing labs in China _ that safety needs to be built into the product and the production needs to be tested," CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson said.
Wolfson said 63 percent of the imported products recalled by the CPSC last year were from China, up from 41 percent five years earlier.
For more information on the helmet recall visit http://www.target.com or call Minneapolis, Minn.-based Target at 800-440-0680.
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