Xenith recalling football helmets over cracking

Xenith will replace the helmets for free at schools nationwide

A Xenith football helmet as seen on the US Consumer Product Safety Commission website, August 18, 2016
A Xenith football helmet as seen on the US Consumer Product Safety Commission website, August 18, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Xenith is recalling thousands of football helmets used by schools across the country because of a danger of cracking.

There have been 29 reports of the helmets cracking on impact, and though no injuries were reported there is the risk of serious head injuries.

“Helmets don’t prevent you absolutely from getting a concussion,” said Dr. Kimberly Monday, “but the last thing we want is a flawed helmet that might increase the chance of having a concussion.”

Xenith is contacting schools who use the helmets and will replace them for free.

Previous KOIN 6 News stories investigated football helmets used by high schools in this area,

To see the ratings of helmets used at local schools in 2015, read the chart below:

 

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