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Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute

Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute

The Helmet Update by Email

Volume 24, #3 - May 4, 2006

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Trek Recalls Anthem C Elite and Anthem C Elite WSD Helmets




Summary: CPSC and Trek have issued a recall notice for 4,500 Trek Anthem C Elite and Anthem C Elite WSD helmets.




The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Trek have announced the recall of 4,500 Trek Anthem C Elite and Anthem C Elite WSD bicycle helmets for failure to meet impact standards. They were sold by Trek Dealers from October 2005 through May 2006.

The Anthem series is the top of Trek's line. The C model retails for $129, helping to explain why only 4,500 of the Anthem C had been sold. There are less expensive Anthems, some from prior years, and those were not recalled. The Anthem is a hyperventilated helmet with very large vents. When helmet designers compete to make the largest possible vents they also reduce the amount of impact foam in a helmet. The remaining foam has to be made very dense and hard to make up for that, and must be reinforced to prevent it from breaking up. The harder foam increases point loading on the skull, an undesirable effect that is not tested by any US helmet standard although the Australian bicycle helmet standard has a localized loading test.

Based on the results of other recalls, Trek is unlikely to get the majority of the helmets back. Even an owner who hears of the recall may ignore it if they like the helmet. Trek's advantage is that they sell only through dealers, and the dealers may be able to help get product back.

The full press release with a photo of the helmet is on the CPSC Web site. It has info for those who need to return a helmet to their Trek dealer.


Consumer Reports had ratted Trek out: see this following newsletter.


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