Sweet Protection has recalled its Ripper Jr, Ripper MIPS Jr and Ripper MIPS bicycle helmets in the United States after the products failed to comply to U.S safety standards. All three helmets have been tested and certified according to the European standard for bicycle helmets and were therefore only supposed to be sold in the European market. Roughly 300 helmets have been sold in the United States.
The Ripper MIPS is designed with mountain biking and commuting in mind, costing $89.95. The Ripper Jr is a version of that helmet designed for younger riders with sizing up to 53cm. The standard version costs $49.95 and the MIPS version is $79.95.
The recall notice states: “The Ripper Jr. and Ripper MIPS Jr. helmets were sold in one size, fitting head circumference from 48 cm to 53 cm (18.9 to 20.9 inches). The Ripper MIPS helmet was sold in one size, fitting head circumference from 53 cm to 61 cm (20.9 to 24.0 inches). The helmets were sold in matte colours: black, white, blue, grey, green, pink and purple. “Sweet Protection” is printed on the side of the helmets. All helmets have the manufacturing date printed inside the helmet with 2019 as the production year and a number between 9 and 12 as the production month.”
It has been advised that if you own one of the helmets listed in the recall notice, you should stop using it immediately and return the product to the store it was purchased from or contact Active Brands or Sweet Protection. Customers will be given a full refund for the returned product.
More information about the product recall can be viewed here.