West Virginia residents that are avid bicycle riders may be interested in learning of a recent recall. Bicycle helmets have recently been recalled by Louis Garneau. The helmets were manufactured at the beginning of 2014. The apparent defective product began selling online and in brick-and-mortar stores in January and were sold through September.
The P-09 aerodynamic helmet model is the culprit. It is in the shape of a tear drop. The front of the helmet is rounded, and the back tapers off into a tail of sorts. They were available in red, black and white. The helmets had white and silver designs.
Apparently, the recall is due to the fact that the helmets may be unable to protect the bicyclist from injury during cold weather. If a bicyclist were to get into an accident and strike their head, they may become injured from the impact. This is true even if they were wearing the helmet appropriately.
Luckily, no injuries or incidents have been reported at this time. However, this does not mean that no one has been injured because of the lack of protection that this helmet offers its users. The same can be said for other bicycle helmets that may have a design flaw in them.
Bicycle helmets are supposed to be worn to protect one from harm when riding a bicycle. However, if those helmets are not designed or manufactured properly, then it could result in serious injury for the wearer. West Virginia bicyclists who have been injured while riding on a bicycle with one of these helmets on may be interested in learning if a product liability claim against the manufacturer of the defective product may be appropriate.
Source: wptv.com, “Louis Garneau recalls P-09 bicycle helmets”, Ashleigh Walters, Oct. 12, 2014