Giro has issued a recall notice on one of its best mountain bike helmets, the Merit. The recall is due to the risk of strap disconnection, and Giro says the helmet strap may detach from the helmet when “pulled with relatively little force, posing a risk of injury to the rider in a crash”.
Helmets sold in Australia, New Zealand, the US, and Canada and manufactured before January 2023 are affected. Models that have the ‘Merit’ model name printed on the rear, right-hand side, and a sticker with ‘Merit’ written on it inside the helmet are the specific models at risk of failure.
Our Tech Editor, Guy Kesteven tested the Giro Merit helmet last year and found no issues as described by Giro. However, Giro has said that owners in the affected regions should stop using their helmets immediately and contact Giro for a replacement. The brand says both men’s and women’s versions of the Merit may have the defect.
Giro adds that it’s unaware of the fault causing any injuries to date and the recall is in cooperation with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.