Infant bike helmets exclusively sold at Target have been recalled over possible choking hazards.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced on May 17 that importer and distributor Pacific Cycle has recalled about 129,000 Schwinn infant helmets after it received reports that a piece of magnet and a small plastic component of the chin straps may come loose. Questions about the stability of the no-pinch buckle tie may put young children at risk, not only of choking, but also ingesting the magnet.
The Product In Focus
The recalled product, manufactured by Schwinn Bikes, is officially called Magnetic No-Pinch Buckle Infant Helmet. These products are made for infants and children up to 3 years old.
The helmet and straps come in different colors and designs. For consumer guidance, there is a "SCHWINN" label printed on the front part of the headgear. Aside from this, no other products are affected by the recall.
The infant bike helmets were manufactured in China and were sold at Target branches and online from January 2014 up to April 2016. Price ranges from $18 to $25.
Although Pacific Cycle has received three reports of the plastic piece being detached, no injury reports have been noted.
Those who have purchased the recalled helmet must not use the product anymore and ensure that it is kept away from children. Consumers are advised to contact Pacific Cycle to obtain instructions on how to get a free product replacement.
Schwinn Bikes also made a statement regarding the recall.
"Safety is always our number one priority, and in an abundance of caution, Schwinn approached the CPSC to conduct a voluntary recall of the product," the company statement says.
The firm says it is committed to provide quality bikes and accessories and that safety is their number one priority. It also encourages consumers who have bought the recalled product to contact their customer service department for assistance.