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A good ski helmet is essential when enjoying the slopes, but even when you purchase a high-end name brand you might not be protected.

Smith has voluntarily issued a recall for all 2016 and 2017 Smith Quantum ski and snowboard helmets. They were sold in in sizes S, M, L and XL in matte black/charcoal, matte white/charcoal, matte Fire (red) /charcoal, matte Klein Blue (blue), matte olive green, matte Reactor (bright green) /black and matte Thunder gray (gray) color combinations. Consumers should look for Smith Quantum printed on a label inside the helmet along with the manufacturing dates.

The buckle on the helmet can disengage, which may result in loss of head protection.  The defect makes the helmets unsafe for use in protecting the wearer from a head injury. If you own a recalled helmet, contact Smith toll-free at 833-459-0417 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, email at recall@smithoptics.com or online at www.smithoptics.com and click on the recall link at the bottom center of the page for more information. Smith will provide instructions on returning the helmet, free of cost, to Smith for a free repair.