SAN ANTONIO – Consumer Reports is advising people not to buy three different bike helmets because of potential safety risks.
In Consumer Reports’ latest round of bike helmet evaluations, three helmets failed CR’s tests — the Bontrager Ballista MIPs helmet, the Morpher Flat Folding Helmet and the Woom Kids Helmet.
The Bontrager Ballista MIPs helmet failed Consumer Reports’ retention system strength test when the buckle broke causing the chin strap to release.
“This failure shows that the helmet could come off your head or move out of place if you get into an accident,” said Peter Anzalone, of Consumer Reports.
The Morpher Flat Folding helmet and the Woom Kids Helmet both failed Consumer Reports’ impact test, raising concerns the helmet may not adequately protect the head in the event of an accident.
“The impact test simulates what might happen if you get into an accident, fall off your bike and hit your head,” Anzalone said.
Wearing a helmet is essential whenever you ride a bike. If you already own one of these helmets, Consumer Reports’ advice is to replace it as soon as possible. However, Consumer Reports advises using the helmets if you do not yet have access to another helmet.
Consumer Reports is not aware of any incidents or injuries associated with any of these three helmets.
Consumer Reports has contacted all three bike helmet manufacturers.
Trek Bicycle, the maker of the Bontrager helmet, said it stands by the safety of the Ballista MIPS helmet and is not planning any corrective action.
Morpher said, that while the helmet may have failed Consumer Reports tests, it has been certified to pass all required U.S. safety standards at third-party labs and that the helmets are safe for consumers.
Woom Bikes halted U.S. and Canadian sales of its helmets soon after Consumer Reports contacted the company and is figuring out its next steps. Consumers can contact Woom Bikes USA at 1-844-572-4003 or email@example.com if you have questions.
If you need to buy a new helmet, Consumer Reports’ top-tested helmets for adults are the Scott Arx Plus and Cannondale CAAD MIPS. The two helmets for children that got the highest scores are the Bell Sidetrack MIPS and the Garneau Nino.
Here the responses from the three companies to Consumer Reports:
Bontrager (Trek Bikes):
“Independent lab testing conducted after Consumer Reports notified Trek has been unable to replicate Consumer Reports’ findings….