WRSI Recalls Kayaking and Rafting Helmets Due to Head Injury Hazard

Mar 26, 2013, 17:28 ET from U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumers should stop using this product, which is being recalled voluntarily, unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

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Recall Summary

Name of product: Whitewater Kayaking and Rafting Helmets

Hazard: The chinstrap buckle can fail, posing a head injury hazard to users.

Remedy: Refund, Replace

Consumer Contact:  WRSI; toll-free at (888) 441-1041, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, email buckle@whitewaterhelmet.com, or online at www.whitewaterhelmets.com and click on "Safety Alert" at the center of the home page for more information.

To see photos of the recalled products, go to http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/WRSI-Recalls-Kayaking-and-Rafting-Helmets/.

Recall Details

Units: About 2,000 in the United States and 200 in Canada

Description: This recall involves WRSI Moment and Trident models whitewater kayaking and rafting helmets. They have a black chinstrap with a black plastic buckle and were sold in sizes S/M and M/L. "WRSI" is printed under or on top of the helmet's visor. WRSI's "Wave Logo" is visible on the back of the Moment helmet. "WRSI" is printed vertically on the back of the Trident helmet. The part number is printed on the hang tag of both models. Helmets in the following colors or color combinations and sizes, and with the part numbers listed below, are being recalled:


Color and Size

Part Number


Glossy red - S/M

852145003633 and 852145003657

(with and

Glossy red - M/L

852145003602 and 852145003619

without vents)

Matte black - S/M

852145003626 and 852145003640

Matte black - M/L

852145003589 and 852145003596


Black Rasta - M/L


Black with pinstripe - S/M


Black with pinstripe - M/L


Blue/Carbon - S/M


Blue/Carbon -  M/L


Green/Army green - S/M


Green/Army green - M/L


Green/Carbon - S/M


Green/Carbon - M/L


Red/Burnt red - S/M


Red/Burnt red - M/L


Incidents/Injuries: WRSI is aware of 10 incidents of chinstrap failures. No injuries have been reported.
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the helmets immediately and contact WRSI for a free replacement or full refund.
Sold at: Northwest River Supplies and sporting goods stores nationwide and online at www.whitewaterhelmet.com from March 2012 through November 2012 for between $140 and $170.
Whitewater Technology Associates, LC, dba Whitewater Research & Safety Institute (WRSI), of Park City, Utah.
Manufactured in:

Note: Health Canada's press release is available at http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2013/26359r-eng.php

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov.

CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals – contributed to a significant decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.

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