WRSI (Whitewater Technology Associates, LC, dba Whitewater Research & Safety Institute (WRSI), of Park City, Utah) is recalling about 2,000 whitewater and rafting helmets sold in the United States and Canada because the chinstrap buckle can fail, posing a head injury hazard to users.
WRSI is aware of 10 incidents where the chinstrap has failed and no injuries have been reported. The helmets were sold by Northwest River Supplies (NRS) and sporting goods stores nationwide and online from March 2012 through November 2012 for between $140 and $170.
This recall involves WRSI Moment and Trident models whitewater kayaking and rafting helmets. They have a black chinstrap with a black plastic buckle and were sold in sizes S/M and M/L. “WRSI” is printed under or on top of the helmet’s visor. WRSI’s “Wave Logo” is visible on the back of the Moment helmet. “WRSI” is printed vertically on the back of the Trident helmet. The part number is printed on the hang tag of both models. Consumers and retailers can find a list of the helmets affected, including colors or color combinations and sizes and part numbers at the Consumer Products Safety Commission website.