Sweet Recalls 3 Helmets That Do Not Comply With US Safety Standards

Aug 14, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  

Sweet Protection has recalled its Ripper Jr, Ripper MIPS Jr, and Ripper MIPS bicycle helmets in the United States after they failed to comply to U.S. CPSC federal safety standards and therefore pose a risk of head injury. All 3 models are tested and certified according to the European standard for bicycle helmets, EN1078 and were only meant to be sold in the European market.

The Ripper MIPS is Sweet's budget helmet that is designed for mountain biking and commuting and costs $89.95. The Ripper Jr is a version of that helmet for younger riders with sizing up to 53cm, the standard version costs $49.95 and the MIPS version is $79.95. The recall notice states: "The Ripper Jr. and Ripper MIPS Jr. helmets were sold in one size, fitting head circumference from 48 cm to 53 cm (18.9 to 20.9 inches). The Ripper MIPS helmet was sold in one size, fitting head circumference from 53 cm to 61 cm (20.9 to 24.0 inches). The helmets were sold in matte colors: black, white, blue, gray, green, pink and purple. “Sweet Protection” is printed on the side of the helmets. All helmets have the manufacturing date printed inside the helmet with 2019 as the production year and a number between 9 and 12 as the production month."

Around 300 of the helmets have been sold in the United States and if you have one of the helmets in the recall you are advised to stop using it immediately and return it to the store where it was bought or to contact the distributor Active Brands or Sweet Protection. Customers will be given a full refund for the recalled helmet.

More information, here.


60 Comments

  • 53 1
 They've recalled the products, but luckily for them, they didn't sell any which makes this article essentially an internal memo
  • 17 11
 The helmets are tested and certified according to the European standard for bicycle helmets, EN1078 and were only meant to be sold in the European market. So, I'm sure that the helmets would pass the US standards as well but they didn't send them to CPSC, because they were only meant to be sold in the EU market. So it is not SP's fault it is the US sellers fault.
  • 27 3
 It is definitely SP's fault if they were distributing these helmets to US dealers knowing that they didn't meet US standards.
  • 10 1
 @gally-nh:
Or the dealers bought them from some overseas wholesale...
  • 13 3
 Nope. Failed to pass on US. Don’t know the specifics, but have solid info that it had something to do with helmet head and Trump’s hair.
  • 6 0
 @muscogeemasher: that’s only because the shower heads aren’t strong enough for his hair.
  • 2 1
 @Palmi: I highly doubt that is how this went down. I'm pretty familiar with distribution chains in the outdoor industry and that would be very surprising to me.
  • 1 0
 @whambat: gotta break out the pressure washer for that one
  • 1 0
 @DonkeyTeeth: can’t do that. Might wash off the orange spray tan
  • 7 1
 So if I understand it correctly, it meets the European standard but not the American one. The question that raises is then: is the European standard low, the American standard high or do they measure different things?
  • 14 10
 I had the same question - euro 1078 is less than CPSC www.helmetfacts.com/standards/cpsc - but thanks pinkbike for not providing any more in-depth analysis
  • 28 1
 @sewer-rat: tbf to Pinkbike this is just a Public Service Announcement, not a research piece
  • 44 0
 Rocks are softer in Europe
  • 5 0
 @nfontanella: CPSC was drawn up specifically to cover East Coast rocks, fact
  • 11 44
flag in2falling (Aug 14, 2020 at 4:16) (Below Threshold)
 Europeans have less brains to protect?
  • 5 1
 It was just not tested by CPSC standards because they were meant to be sold only in the EU market.
  • 53 6
 @in2falling: at least we don’t have trump as a president
  • 22 0
 @in2falling: * fewer.
  • 2 5
 @nfontanella: I doubt it.. we have dolomites in the alps and limestone In Croatia. Limestone rocks are sharp as knives.
  • 1 0
 @Palmi: “does not comply with” makes it sound more like it failed
  • 8 9
 @deadlyhifi: You guys have no sense of humor!
  • 6 5
 Pretty sure the opposite is the case ????@in2falling:
  • 4 0
 Helmet is up to standard but 'Freedumb' proof......
  • 11 0
 @nfontanella: maybe European rocks are less likely to get sued...
  • 2 0
 The ISO/EN/CE standards are much easier to hit than CSPC and ASTM exceeds the CSPC. BUT you don't have to hit the ASTM standards to sell in the US, only the CPSC.
  • 8 0
 Bit sour if you ask me
  • 2 0
 it could be a "blockbuster"
  • 6 1
 I wonder how many of wearers are at risk of being hit by a anvil?
  • 3 0
 They only sold 300 across the whole of America in 2019? That's some pretty poor sales figures
  • 1 0
 Ahhh Norwegian company. Guess that explains that then.
  • 2 0
 @jlawie: They are everywhere over here and sponsor some big names in quite some different sports.
  • 2 0
 @jlawie: they weren’t supposed to be sold over there anyway so I imagine there are to get hold of.
  • 1 0
 @Ooofff: yeah figured that's the case
  • 4 2
 Sweet are one of, if not my favourite riding gear companies. I use a lot of their stuff, from helmets, pads and shorts. They're customer service is top notch too
  • 1 0
 I have their knee pads which feel great when riding, but have slid down in 2 crashes despite having been tightened well
  • 4 0
 could be worn by diabetics?
  • 1 0
 so whats the difference in the regulations, is the euro more stringent than the CPSC? If it is then that's a shame to say the least as they actually look alright
  • 2 0
 ah answered it myself with good old google, recall em! www.helmetfacts.com/standards/cpsc
  • 1 0
 Not too different, but you do need to test for each individually if you are going to sell in that market. Mostly the EU just charges way more to get "certified". It's quite the racket they have going!
  • 3 0
 That's not....Sweet
  • 2 1
 What a cracker of a situation that Sales and Marketing have put us in this time...
  • 2 3
 Our Sweet helmets literally melted from Coleman's bug spray. Who knows what that spray is doing to our skin ;( Tossed them into the garbage and bought a different brand helmet.
  • 2 0
 Did you try the bug spray on your new helmet? I expect it was the same.. As I've burned through multiple plastics with high deet sprays..agreed, can't imagine what it does to the skin
  • 2 0
 @nordland071285: I'm afraid to put bug spray on ever again! Wink
  • 3 0
 Deet spray will eat most plastic, no fault of the helmet.
  • 1 0
 3 helmets recalled....that’s not much, and a whole article about it ;-)
  • 2 0
 Not Sweet...
  • 1 0
 Does Trump has safety standarts?
  • 1 2
 No comment about the irony in the phrase "US Safety Standards"? Well done, PB'ers. You are showing restraint today.
  • 4 1
 Did you know that Canada does not have their own safety standards for most of these types of products and relies on CPSC (US) standards instead?

You're welcome!
  • 2 0
 @hardcore-hardtail: Did you know that Canada does?

CAN-CSA-D113.2-M

The Canadian and ASTM standards use similar flat and round anvils but ASTM has a curb/kerb anvil that the Canadian standard doesn't have. (ASTM is better here)
The Canadian standard has a more protective maximum acceleration
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