Spotted by Reddit user UrbanPlannerGuy, the recall is specifically for a helmet that was sold via Gamespot for around $150 in June. About 20,000 of the helmets were made by Chronicle Collectibles, according to the CPSC. However, the company told Engadget that the recall involves only one specific model: the Fallout 1:1 Power Armour Nuka Cola Helmets with a red painted finish and white-coloured exterior tubing around the sides. Only 32 of the units in question were shipped to consumers, and all the buyers have been contacted. No injuries have been reported.
The helmet, which is produced by Chronicle Collectibles and is sold by many gaming-orientated retailers, including sold by giant retail chain GameStop, which originally retailed for $149.99. According to unboxing videos on YouTube, and the many reddit posts, the Nuka Cola-themed helmet is nearly identical to the standard grey helmet included with the Fallout 76 collector’s edition. An announcement made on the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission website warned that the inner liner of the helmet can contain dangerous levels of mould.
“Mould can be present on the fabric insert inside the helmet, posing a risk of respiratory or other infections in individuals with compromised immune systems, damaged lungs or an allergy to mould,” states the recall notice, referencing the approximate 20,000 units that were made.
People with compromised immune systems, damaged lungs or an allergy to mould are apparently most at risk of infection from the fabric insert. Even if that isn’t you, however, it’s probably not worth the risk of keeping it lying around your home.
GameStop is contacting customers directly, but if you’ve not heard from them you can get in touch yourself and get a full refund. Chronicle also made the helmets that came with the Fallout 76 Power Armour Edition, but they aren’t included in the recall.
It’s just the latest issue to impact Fallout 76, albeit one that doesn’t seem directly tied to Bethesda. However, it’s arguably a detail that shouldn’t have been skipped over so lightly during production, particularly on such a grand scale. The shared-world action RPG had a rocky launch last November, which director Todd Howard acknowledged onstage at E3 this year. Bethesda apologised to players by giving them some free games, while a major update is expected soon.
According to Forbes, the company was contacted by the Chronicle via Twitter, stating, ‘The recall only involves Fallout 1:1 Power Armour Nuka-Cola Helmets that have a red painted finish.
It’s not the first time there have been problems with a Fallout 76 collectible either. Some people weren’t happy Bethesda included a nylon carrying bag for its own collectible helmet with the Power Armour Edition, instead of a canvas one as advertised. Still, there’s something to be said about a mould issue affecting a collectible item for a game set in a nuclear wasteland.
According to a representative, of the 20,000 Nuka Cola-themed helmets that were manufactured, only 32 were sold. It says that all of those customers were directly notified about the recall. All 20,000 units have been recalled.
We understand and respect that there is disappointment with the bag in the Power Armor Edition. We are sorry. Please contact Bethesda Support to provide proof of your CE purchase. They will assist in granting your account 500 Atoms.
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