Honeywell Safety Products has announced that it will recall nearly 150,000 hard hats sold in the U.S. and Canada. The company said that it was recalling the products after testing revealed that the hats may fail to protect wearers in the event of impact from a falling object, putting them at risk of head injury.
The hard hats recalled by Honeywell include 82,500 units of the company’s Fibre-Metal E2 and North Peak A79 hard hats that were sold in the U.S. An additional 65,550 Fibre-Metal E2 and North Peak A79 hard hats sold in Canada were also recalled by Honeywell, bringing the total number of units included in the recall to about 148,050.
The recalled helmets were sold in the U.S. both at retail stores and online retailers between April 2016 and January 2018. Honeywell says that anyone who purchased one of the recalled hard hats should stop using it immediately. Customers can contact Honeywell to receive a credit for the cost of the hat, or a voucher for the amount of its purchase price.
Customers who are uncertain as to whether their hard hat is included in the recalled can find out by looking for the manufacture date on the inside of the hat. The E2 model hat included in the recall have a manufacture date of April 2016, May 2016, December 2017, or January 2018. The recalled North Peak A79 hats – which were made between April 2016 and January 2018 – only include products with a mold identification number of four. A79 owners can find out if their hat has been recalled by looking for the mold number on the underside of the brim.
Officials from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said that so far, no injuries have been reported with Honeywell’s recalled hard hat. However, a spokesperson for the company said that safety tests performed on the recalled products revealed that a number of the recalled lots were giving false positive readings, indicating that they were effective at protecting the wearer when in fact they could pose a risk of injury.
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