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Bell Sports Recalls Bicycle Helmets

Bell Sports is recallingĀ 33,600 youth-size bicycle helmets because of a problem with the chin strap buckle that could lead to the helmet coming off.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bell Sports is recalling approximately 33,600 youth-size bicycle helmets because of a problem with the chin strap buckle that could lead to the helmet coming off, which would pose a head injury hazard.

Bell Sports, along with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, said Tuesday that the recall includes about 31,100 full-face helmets in the U.S. and approximately 2,500 in Canada.

The Scotts Valley, Calif., company said the plastic chin strap buckle could fail. There has been one report of a buckle failure during an accident that led to an injury that required stitches below the wearer's eye.

The Bell Exodus helmets have angled visors and were sold at Walmart stores across the U.S. and on Amazon.com between August 2009 and March 2011 for $50 to $60.

Those sold in orange, grey and black contain part/model number 1003825/035011898025. Helmets sold in blue, grey, gold, white and black had part/model number 1006714/035011917719. The part/model number can be found on a removable sticker on the helmet's side.

Consumers should immediately stop using the helmets and contact Bell Sports for a refund or replacement.

Bell Sports can be reached at (866) 892-6059 between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time Monday through Friday, at answer_desk(at)bellsports.com or through www.bellsports.com .

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