July 29, 2004


Geartec/Mackarl Announces Recall of Bicycle Helmets


Name of product: DBX Engage (VT-3), DBX Ravage (FX-2), and Geartec ESPY bicycle helmets

Units: 4,600

Distributor: Mackarl Enterprises Inc., of City of Industry, Calif., and KHS Bicycles Inc., of Rancho Dominguez, Calif.

Hazard: The helmets may not meet CPSC safety regulations for helmets, which poses a risk of a rider sustaining a serious head injury if he/she falls from a bicycle.

Description: The recalled Geartec ESPY and FX-2 (DBX Ravage) model helmets come in carbon yellow, silver, or blue and have a carbon fiber graphic on the front to middle part of the helmet. The helmets have 15 vent holes, a removable visor, and the logo (“Geartec” or “DBX”) printed on both sides of helmet. The recalled VT-3 (DBX Engage) model helmets come in either blue/silver/black, red/yellow/black, or silver and black. The helmets also have 15 vent holes, a removable visor, and the “DBX” logo printed on both sides of helmet.

Sold at: Dick's Sporting Goods stores nationwide sold the DBX Engage (VT-3) and Ravage (FX-2) model helmets from June 2003 through June 2004 for between $40 and $60. KHS Bicycles stores sold the Geartec ESPY model helmets between May 2003 and June 2003 for about $40.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these helmets immediately and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund or replacement.

Consumer Contact: For more information, call Mackarl toll-free at (866) 432-7832 Ext. 195 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.