The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission released a statement recalling Active Brand’s AS Sweet Protection-branded Ripper Jr., Ripper MIPS Jr., and Ripper MIPS bicycle helmets this week. The Commission claims that the helmets fail to satisfy federal safety standards and pose a risk of head injury to consumers. The Ripper Jr., and Ripper MIPS Jr., helmets were sold in one size only, fitting a head circumference of 18.9 to 20.9 inches, while the Ripper MIPS helmet fit head circumference of 20.9 to 24.0 inches. The helmets were sold in various matte colors, including gray, green, blue, black, white, pink and purple. They have “Sweet Protection” printed on the outside, and the manufacturing date (2019) printed on the inside, as well as the model name on the rear back side. The bicycle helmets were originally tested and certified per the European standards for bike helmets, and were only meant to be sold in Europe, but Active Brands NA of Broomfield, Colorado imported them from Norway, and they have been selling both online and at various sporting goods stores since February 2020, for between $50 and $90.
While no injuries have yet been reported, consumers should immediately stop using the recalled helmets and either process their return at the store where sold, or contact Active Brands/Sweet Protection to receive a full refund.
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