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May 30, 2003 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- BIKE HELMETS FAIL IMPACT TESTS

A line of bike helmets sold by the Monarch Velo Co., based in Houston, is being recalled after flunking an impact test. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the helmets failed the testing required for compliance with national minimum standards.

The recall involves units called the Catlike Kompact adult bicycle helmet. The units were sold in a variety of colors in two sizes. The notations "Kompact," "SM/MD" or "LG/XL" are on the helmets.

The units were sold through much of last year and into the first few months of this year for about $130.

The company says it will replace the sub-standard helmets at no cost. Consumers should contact their dealer or the company at (877) 228-5646. There's also information at on the Internet.


With memories of recent meat recalls fresh in their minds, the inspectors at the Department of Agriculture continue to monitor the food chain. The main Agriculture Department division entrusted with the task of checking for contamination in meat and other products is the Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The group has a special hotline number that is staffed on weekdays. Most food safety questions can be answered by the hotline. The agency tells United Press International it gets the bulk of its "business" during the holidays when most large meals are prepared.

The toll-free number is (800) 535-4555. The special number for non-voice TTY users is (800) 256-7072.

Copyright 2003 by United Press International.

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