Helmet Recall You Need to Know About

Helmet Recall You Need to Know About

by Steve Gamel

With the football season officially in full swing, the threat of concussions is an ever-present issue. While there is currently no full-proof way to entirely prevent head injuries in football, one major equipment manufacturer is staying on top of its own product safety standards.

As reported by the Dallas Morning News, Xenith and the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a voluntary recall in August for Xenith’s recently manufactured helmets.

The recall involved Xenith EPIC Varsity, X2 Varsity, X2E varsity and youth football helmets with a gloss or metallic-painted polycarbonate shell sold or factory-reconditioned between May 1, 2015 and March 18, 2016. Xenith explained on its website that a “flex” chemical additive compound was not added to the paint mixture, which caused the other components of the helmet to become brittle. There were no injuries, though the CPSC received reports of 29 shells cracking.

Per that same Dallas Morning News article, the EPIC Varsity, X2 Varsity and X2E Varsity all rank as five stars in the widely-used Virginia Tech helmet rating system. The EPIC Varsity was also the No. 1 helmet in the NFL’s 2015 health and safety report. The X2E ranked No. 4.

Helmet safety standards at area schools have come a long way in recent years. School officials consistently purchase new helmets while reconditioning older ones in an effort to put the best and safest equipment on players.

The Dallas Morning News said there were at least 11 high schools in the area that had Xenith helmets in their inventory, but that particular manufacturer was not their primary provider. None of those 11 schools appear to be in the immediate area.

When contacted earlier this month, Guyer football coach John Walsh said his program has an exclusive relationship with Riddell and has at no point used Xenith helmets. Argyle and Lake Dallas also use Riddell. Lake Dallas uses an estimated 60/40 split with Schutt. Liberty Christian head coach Barton Hundley confirmed his program is exclusively Riddell.

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