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Kmart recalls 100,000 children's helmets amid safety fears

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Beau Donelly

The helmets that Kmart has recalled were sold between October 2012 and April 2014.

The helmets that Kmart has recalled were sold between October 2012 and April 2014.

Kmart has recalled 100,000 children's helmets after testing found the range failed to meet mandatory safety standards.

The defective helmets, sold nationally between October 2012 and April 2014, are designed to be used with skateboards, bicycles and scooters.

But an investigation launched after a customer returned a damaged helmet found that the straps may fail during a fall or accident.

Customers are being advised to stop using the helmets immediately and return them for a full refund.

In a statement issued by Kmart Australia on Tuesday afternoon, the company said its basic kids skate helmet range was independently tested by three laboratories after the complaint but that the findings were “inconsistent”.

A Kmart spokeswoman said 108,000 helmets were being recalled as a precautionary measure and that there had been no injuries reported.

“This recall does not include other children's or adult's helmets sold at Kmart,” she said.

Helmets included in the recall have the serial number FM-170/2500 (found on a sticker inside the helmet) and include coloured and patterned helmets with the following descriptions:

Skate helmet black S/M, XS/S

Skate helmet pink S/M, XS/S

Skate helmet splat S/M, XS/S

Skate helmet camo S/M, XS/S

Roller Derby skate helmet S/M

For more information call Kmart on 1800 124 125.

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