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According to a press release issued by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, if you recently purchased an SQM bicycle helmet from Amazon, it's best that you discontinue using it.

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CPSC Warns Consumers to Immediately Stop Using SQM Bicycle Helmets Due to Risk of Head Injury; Failure to Meet Federal Safety Standard for Bicycle Helmets

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning consumers to immediately stop using SQM bicycle helmets because they can fail to protect riders in the event of a crash, posing a risk of head injury. The helmets do not comply with the positional stability and certification requirements of the mandatory federal safety standard for bicycle helmets.

The seller, SQM, of China, has not agreed to recall these helmets or offer a remedy to consumers.

The bicycle helmets were sold online at www.amazon.com from March 2022 through January 2023, for between $17 and $26. The helmets were sold in one size. The helmets are black with green accents, with a black and gray striped pattern, black and gray straps and a red buckle. A label with “SQM2326, L(56-61 cm), ca. 225g, Made in China” is inside the helmet.

CPSC tested these SQM bicycle helmets and determined the helmets failed to meet the federal safety standard. CPSC urges consumers to stop using, cut the straps, and dispose of these helmets immediately. Report any incidents involving product injuries or defects to CPSC at www.SaferProducts.gov.

Individual Commissioners may have statements related to this topic. Please visit www.cpsc.gov/commissioners to search for statements related to this or other topics.

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Interestingly, this manufacturer doesn't appear to give a damn about its customers' safety or well-being.

What helmets!