Giro issue recall notice on its Merit mountain bike helmets

Giro Merit mountain bike helmet
(Image credit: Guy Kesteven)

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.

Giro Merit helmet

Specific models recalled have the model name printed on right hand side (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)

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 (opens in new tab) 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.

Paul Brett
Staff writer

Based in Edinburgh, Paul Brett is a staff writer for He has been an avid cyclist for as long as he can remember, initially catching the mountain biking bug in the 1990s, and raced mountain bikes for over a decade before injury cut short a glittering career. He’s since developed an obsession for gravel riding and recently has dabbled in the dark art of cyclocross. A fan of the idea of bikepacking he has occasionally got involved and has ridden routes like the North Coast 500, Scotland and the Via Francigena (Pilgrim Route), Italy.

An award-winning photographer, when not riding a bike, he can be found at the side of a cyclocross track or a downhill mountain bike world championship shooting the action. Paul has been the founder, editor and senior writer for Proper Cycling magazine that has seen him travel the world interviewing some of the biggest names in mountain biking and writing about some of the biggest cycling brands.

Rides: Scott Spark RC Team Issue, Ribble 725, Bergamont Grandurance Elite

Height: 176cm

Weight: 85kg