WRSI Recalls Kayaking and Rafting Helmets Due to Head Injury Hazard

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–March 26, 2013.  Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall date: March 26, 2013 – Recall number: 13-152

  • WRSI Moment Helmets

    WRSI Moment Helmets

Recall Summary

Name of product:  Whitewater Kayaking and Rafting Helmets

Hazard: The chinstrap buckle can fail, posing a head injury hazard to users.

Consumer Contact:  WRSI; toll-free at (888) 441-1041, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, email [email protected], or online at and click on “Safety Alert” at the center of the home page for more information.

 Recall Details

In conjunction with

Units:  About 2,000 in the United States and 200 in Canada

Description:  This recall involves WRSI Moment and Trident models whitewater kayaking and rafting helmets. They have a black chinstrap with a black plastic buckle and were sold in sizes S/M and M/L. “WRSI” is printed under or on top of the helmet’s visor. WRSI’s “Wave Logo” is visible on the back of the Moment helmet. “WRSI” is printed vertically on the back of the Trident helmet. The part number is printed on the hang tag of both models. Helmets in the following colors or color combinations and sizes, and with the part numbers listed below, are being recalled:

Model Color and Size Part Number
(with and
without vents)
Glossy red – S/M 852145003633 and 852145003657
Glossy red – M/L 852145003602 and 852145003619
Matte black – S/M 852145003626 and 852145003640
Matte black – M/L 852145003589 and 852145003596
Trident Black Rasta – M/L 852145003411
Black with pinstripe – S/M 852145003466
Black with pinstripe – M/L 852145003367
Blue/Carbon – S/M 852145003459
Blue/Carbon – M/L 852145003398
Green/Army green – S/M 852145003480
Green/Army green – M/L 852145003381
Green/Carbon – S/M 852145003442
Green/Carbon – M/L 852145003404
Red/Burnt red – S/M 852145003473
Red/Burnt red – M/L 852145003374

Incidents/Injuries:  WRSI is aware of 10 incidents of chinstrap failures. No injuries have been reported.

Remedy:  Consumers should stop using the helmets immediately and contact WRSI for a free replacement or full refund.

Sold at:  Northwest River Supplies and sporting goods stores nationwide and online at from March 2012 through November 2012 for between $140 and $170.

Importer:  Whitewater Technology Associates, LC, dba Whitewater Research & Safety Institute (WRSI), of Park City, Utah.

Manufactured in: China

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on

CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals – contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

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