Vega recalls XTS helmets for potentially failing impact standard

Publish Date: 
Dec 30, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Vega Helmet Corp. is voluntarily recalling certain XTS motorcycle half-helmets because they potentially fail to conform to the impact attenuation requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 218.

The number of helmets affected is 30,546, though Vega has announced that less than half of these helmets have entered the market. The affected XTS models are sizes L, XL and XXL manufactured between May 2011 and October 2012.

“Safety is of paramount importance to us at Vega, and we made a swift decision to voluntarily recall the entire population of helmets in question,” said Jeanne DeMund, vice president of Vega Helmet. “We will be replacing these helmets as quickly as we can for both our dealers and end users.”

The recall (NHTSA campaign 12E056000) is expected to begin in late January. Any noncompliant helmet will be replaced, free of charge. Vega said it has redesigned the large shell for the XTS half-helmet to ensure compliance. The shell will be available in January.

Vega is advising customers who have bought an affected helmet to contact the company by e-mail at or by phone at 425-656-0683. Vega also is telling customers they may contact the dealership from where the helmet was purchased.

Posted by Arlo Redwine