DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Thousands of motorcycle helmets are being recalled because people using them may not be fully protected in a crash. The recall involves 30,000 XTS helmets by Vega Helmet.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says testing found that a few did not meet crash protection safety standards.

The recall will start in late January and centers on large, extra-large and double-X helmets. The models in question were made between May 2011 and last October according to a notice posted Saturday on the NHTSA’s web site.

Vega says they will redesign the helmets.

The NHTSA told Vega that four extra-large helmets didn’t meet safety standards when tested earlier this year. The company investigated and found that the helmets fell out of compliance partially due to changes in the model’s shell design. Vega told regulators that the helmet’s design would be reconfigured immediately.

Vega doesn’t know how many of the helmets in the recalled population failed to meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard so the company is recalling all of them, according to a letter from an attorney representing the company to an NHTSA official.
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