Last week, Bell Sports Inc. (which includes Giro), in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) and Health Canada, announced a voluntary recall of the Giro Merit Helmet.
The helmets may have an issue where the straps can be pulled from the helmet without much force. Any Merit helmet made before January 2023 is affected by this recall, including men’s and women’s versions. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately.
From the Press Release:
Name of Product: Giro Merit (GH230)
Importer: Bell Sports, Inc. of Scotts Valley, California
Hazard: “The helmet straps on some Giro Merit helmets manufactured prior to January 2023 may disengage with the helmet when pulled with relatively little force, posing a risk of injury to the user”.
Incidents: Giro is not aware of any incidents in the field.
Description: This recall only involves Giro Merit helmets manufactured prior to January 2023 that were sold in Australia, New Zealand, the United States of America, and Canada. A Giro Merit helmet can be identified by the model name “Merit” on the rear/side of the helmet. It can also be identified by the inner helmet sticker which has the model name “Merit” written on it and also bears the alphanumeric identifier (GH230)
Sold by: Backcountry.com, Freewheel Bike West Bank, Velotech, Epicenter Cycling, and other associated retailers.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the helmet immediately and contact Giro for a replacement, free of charge.
Consumer Contact: For additional information call Giro Customer Service toll-free at (800)-456-2355 (option4) between 8am to 5pm CT, Monday through Friday or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org