KBC recalls certain Harley-Davidson half-helmets

Publish Date: 
May 30, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - KBC America is recalling certain Harley-Davidson Hybrid Ultra-Light Classic Cruiser Half Helmets, sizes L, XL and 2XL manufactured in March 2011 for the U.S. and world markets.

The recall (NHTSA campaign 13E025000) potentially affects 456 helmets.

During testing, the affected helmets failed to conform to the impact attenuation and penetration requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 218.

Harley-Davidson is asking dealers to check their inventory and quarantine the affected products pending further instructions, which will be provided in an upcoming service bulletin.

Consumers will be asked to bring the affected products to a Harley-Davidson dealer. The dealer will confirm that the helmet is affected by this recall by inspecting the GM label on the helmet’s interior shell under the snap-in liner. The helmet part numbers are 98336-09VM/000L, 98336-09VM/002L and 98336-09VM/022L, and the affected label GM code for these three sizes is GM00032205.

Other helmet sizes or helmets with different GM codes are not affected.

Harley-Davidson requests that dealers return the affected helmets to it and replace the helmet with the same model from dealer inventory, or order a replacement and notify the customer when it arrives.

KBC America has not yet provided a notification schedule to NHTSA. Customers may contact KBC at 818-526-7771.

Posted by Arlo Redwine. Photo courtesy Harley-Davidson