Garneau recalls non-compliant bicycle helmets

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Helmet-maker Louis Garneau is recalling 1,200 bicycle helmets sold in the US and Canada after discovering that the Course-style helmets in matte colors degrade over time and don’t comply with the impact requirements set by those countries’ safety standards.

Recalled Garneau Course helmet

Owners should stop using the helmets, which pose a risk for injury, and contact Louis Garneau USA for instructions on how to get a free replacement helmet.

The recall includes Louis Garneau Course bicycle helmet LG1261 in black and yellow matte colors only. The helmets were originally certified to Consumer Product Safety Commission standards. Subsequent testing, however, revealed the plastic shells of the helmets degrade over time.

Recalled Garneau helmet

The helmets were sold from December 2015 through January 2018 for between $180 and $240. They were manufactured by Strategic Sports Ltd. of China and imported for sale by Louis Garneau USA, based in Derby, VT.

The labels “Garneau,” “Course” and “LG” are printed on both sides. Look inside the helmet to find the serial numbers to determine if they match the Lot and Serial Numbers listed below:

To get a free replacement helmet, contact Louis Garneau USA at 1-800-448-1984 or email at for a return authorization number. Customers will then have to mail in their faulty helmet.

See the recall notices here and here.

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