A collector’s edition wearable power armor helmet from Bethesda’s Fallout 76 sold through GameStop has been recalled due to extremely high levels of mold.
Approximately 20,000 units of the helmet were made, and 32 were sold through GameStop. Every recalled helmet sold was defined as the “Fallout 1:1 Power Armor Nuka Cola Helmet,” which has a “red painted finish with white-colored exterior tubing around the sides,” a GameStop representative told The Verge. The company has notified every customer who purchased the item, and has offered a full refund. Other iterations of the helmet, including different models, editions, or colors of Power Armor Helmets, were not affected, according to GameStop’s rep.
The red helmets were recalled on September 19th, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Only the GameStop-exclusive, red-colored helmet is being recalled, not the (similar-looking) helmet that Bethesda included in its Collector’s Edition of the game. The helmets presented with mold on the fabric insert inside the helmet at a level that poses a risk of respiratory infections, especially for people with “compromised immune systems, damaged lungs or an allergy to mold.”
Although the product is made by a third-party company, this isn’t the first time that Bethesda has dealt with customer complaints about collector products. People were upset about a different Fallout 76 collectible item, another helmet, that was shipped with a nylon bag instead of a canvas one. The company ended up giving customers a $5 coupon for in-game currency, but even that wasn’t enough: it eventually ended up replacing the bag, too.
Update September 25th, 5:10pm ET: The story has been updated to include more information from GameStop.