More than 30,000 XTS motorcycle helmets are being recalled because they may not meet crash protection safety standards. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tested the helmets and concluded that people using the helmets may not be adequately protected in a crash after some of the helmets failed testing.
The manufacturer, Vega Helmet Corp based in Tukwila, Wash., said it will replace the recalled helmets. The helmets being recalled are the XTS model’s large, extra-large and extra-extra- large (XXL) that were made between May 2011 and last October. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the recall affects 30,546 helmets.
When notified by the NHTSA of the failed testing, Vega investigated and found that part of the problem was a result of changes in the helmet’s shell design. In a report by the Associated Press, the company has stated through legal counsel that because they don’t know how many helmets failed to meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, they are recalling all of them.
The company said it will notify dealers and post public notices about the recall. It will replace the noncompliant helmets free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in late January. Owners may contact Vega at 425-656-0683. So far, there have been no reports of any injuries from the defective helmets.
If you or a member of your family has suffered injuries because of a defective product, you should contact an experienced Texas personal injury attorney to find out what damages you may be entitled to because of pain and loss suffered.