Physical power armor helmet from Fallout 76 is being recalled due to mold

    
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Physical power armor helmet from Fallout 76 is being recalled due to mold

Remember when the worst thing about Fallout 76 merch was a crappy canvas bag? Get ready to feel the bottom dropping out as it’s just been discovered that the collectible power armor helmet could possibly kill you if you wear it.

As MMO Fallout first reported, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a recall for the T-51b Power Armor helmet, which was sold at GameStop’s website starting in June of 2019 and was also part of the Power Armor edition of the game [Bethsoft disputes that the CE box helmets were affected – see below for the full statement]. According to the CPSC, mold could be present on the fabric insert inside the helmet, which poses a severe respiratory risk to those with “compromised immune systems, damaged lungs or an allergy to mold.” The recall affects about 20,000 units.

Anyone who still has this helmet should contact GameStop for instructions and a full refund.

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source: CSPC.gov via MMO Fallout
Update
Bethsoft reached out to us to clarify that the affected helmets are just the ones that were sold separately through Gamestop – the helmets in the Power Armor edition themselves aren’t being recalled.

“The helmets that are being recalled are not from our Fallout 76 Power Armor Edition, but are instead a different line of helmets sold exclusively by GameStop,” a representative told us. “The Fallout 76 Power Armor Edition helmets are unaffected. Consumers should visit the product recall page for instructions if they have purchased the GameStop helmet: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2019/Chronicle-Recalls-Power-Armor-Collectible-Helmets-Due-to-Risk-of-Mold-Exposure-Recall-Alert.”

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Mewmew

Just when we thought we’ve seen the worst of all Fallout 76 issues, we learn certain copies of the game can actually kill you.

I’d like to say that’s the pinnacle of Fallout 76’s problems, but who knows with this game.

Fallout 76 certainly is going to go down in history. Good god.

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vgees

Not to be that guy, but doesn’t this make the helmet even more collectible? They may not get even half of those returned.

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Bruno Brito

Oh god. I feel pity for the people who bought this but…

I can’t…stop laughing…this fucking game…

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Bryan Correll

I have a feeling very few of the people who bought these actually got them to wear.

Edit: Watching the video, I think you could get better “voice modulation” by talking into a red Solo cup.

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EmberStar

I’m pretty certain you could. The Youtuber Jesse Cox does a pretty spot on version of Bane from the Nolan Batman movie by talking into a soda cup. :)

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NeoWolf

That’s the thing about mold you don’t need to make contact with it for it to be dangerous. It releases spores which when breathed in sit in your lungs and do damage.

Of course, it depends upon a great many factors such as the type of mold (there are literally molds all over, most of which are harmless), humidity, ventilation, sensitivity etc.. etc..

For this to have been noted as a Dangerous mold, however, IS definitely concerning as some molds can absolutely kill you or cause all manner of serious health and/or respiratory issues

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Paragon Lost

Is anyone really surprised? The original bags were done on the cheap, so I am not surprised that the helmets were also done on the cheap. Which means no care taken on whether or not it’s safe to actually wear.

Profit margins are all and unless you have enforced policies that are used to check on what’s being done (in this case manufactured) you’ll have situations like this.

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NeoWolf

Ouch it is just one thing after another with poor old ’76 it is fast becoming the Hallmark of what developers should never d, at every turn.

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Schmidt.Capela

Good call using as the base photo another product from the same manufacturer ;-)
(And for everyone else, no, it isn’t a miniature.)

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Schmidt.Capela

To be fair, this one doesn’t seem to be Bethesda’s fault. They allowed a retailer to create and sell an exclusive collector’s item, said retailer contracted the manufacture to a third party that already manufactured Fallout collectibles, and the third party — perhaps due to not having much, if any, experience manufacturing wearable closed helmets — didn’t have appropriate quality controls.

Nevertheless, Bethesda really could do without this extra controversy around Fallout 76.

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Match Austin

To be fair…Bethesda likely shopped out the fabrication of the helmet to the lowest possible bidder, who then likely turned and shopped it out to an even lower bidder. So, yes, it CAN still be considered Bethesda’s fault, as THEY’RE the ones who contracted it out to that particular company to begin with.

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Schmidt.Capela

Except it was GameStop, not Bethesda.

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kalech

Watching Bethesda’s antics is like watching an animal dying on the side of the road. Part of you just wants to put it out of its misery.

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Bree Royce

We were in team chat taking bets on what you would deliver in this post. It was just calling out to you. :D A+