Tony Hawk Silver Signature Series Helmet Is Recalled Due to Risk of Head Injury

    The helmet, which CR had rated a Don't Buy: Safety Risk, was a replacement for another recalled helmet

    Tony Hawk Silver Signature Series Helmet Photo: John Powers/Consumer Reports

    Sakar International has recalled its Tony Hawk Silver Metallic Multi-Purpose Helmets, according to a notice posted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on July 14. The helmets “do not comply with the positional stability and retention system requirements” of the agency, according to the announcement. 

    The Tony Hawk helmets, sold exclusively at Walmart, were provided to consumers as a replacement helmet for Sakar’s Dimensions Bluetooth Speaker Helmets, which were recalled in March. In June, Consumer Reports rated the Tony Hawk helmet a Don’t Buy: Safety Risk after the chin strap buckle on the helmet broke during our routine tests. (The chinstrap, which keeps a helmet on your head, is important because people often hit their head more than once when they fall off a bike.)

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    According to the CPSC announcement, Sakar will contact consumers who received the Tony Hawk helmet as a replacement for the Dimensions helmet, and Walmart will contact all known purchasers. A CPSC spokesperson told CR that agency staff had tested the helmet and that it "did not meet multiple requirements of the regulation." Sakar and Walmart did not provide comments for this story.

    If you own the helmet, CR’s advice is to replace it as soon as possible. If you have another helmet, stop using this one immediately. Use this helmet only if your child does not yet have access to another helmet and needs to ride their bike, advises John Galeotafiore, who oversees bike helmet testing at Consumer Reports. CR believes that using this helmet in spite of its failure in our retention system test is better than riding without a helmet. 

    In our most recent bicycle helmet ratings, we recommend five helmets for kids. The two that got the highest scores are the Bontrager Tyro, $55, and the Garneau Nino, $45.

    The Details

    Products recalled: About 12,655 Tony Hawk Silver helmets. The helmets are silver, with Tony Hawk’s signature printed on the exterior. They have black straps and a black buckle. The item number, shown in the bottom left corner of a white label inside of the helmet, is AGE2515STH-SIL. 

    The problem: The recalled helmets don’t comply with federal safety standards, putting a user at risk of a head injury in the event of a fall. 

    The fix: Sakar International will provide consumers with a $40 Walmart gift card and facilitate a return using prepaid packaging. Consumers should not return the helmet to Walmart.

    How to contact the manufacturer: Call 800-592-9541 or send an email to support@sakar.com for instructions on receiving your gift card.

    Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to reflect a comment from the CPSC. It was originally published on July 14, 2022.