Riddell recalls collectible mini racing helmets

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, has announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Collectible "Jeff Gordon" Mini Helmets

Units: About 2,500

Importer: Riddell Inc., of Rosemont, Ill.

Hazard: Surface paints on the recalled helmets contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled product is a six-inch tall, collectible, miniature helmet, modeled after the helmet worn by race car driver Jeff Gordon. The helmet is red and blue with a black visor, and is painted with various sponsor logos and playing cards. The UPC number 095855720029 is located on the bottom of the product's packaging. No other Riddell mini helmet models are included in this recall.

Sold at: Academy stores and other retailers nationwide, as well as the Web site, www.nascar.com, from February 2007 through October 2007 for about $40.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should take the recalled helmets away from young children immediately and contact Riddell to receive a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For further information, contact Riddell at (800) 611-8114 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, via e-mail at racingminirecall@riddellsports.com, or visit the firm's Web site at www.riddell.com