Football Helmets Recalled Due to Head Injury Hazard

Neraly 6,000 Xenith Helmets impacted by this recall

Football Helmets Recalled Due to Head Injury Hazard
Image: Consumer Product Safety Commission
August 18, 2016

Xenith has issued a recall of football helmets due to the potential of cracking. The shells of the football helmets can crack, posing a risk of head injuries to football players.

This recall involves 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.

The affected helmets have a facemask and a chin cup. They come available in different styles and varying colors, and may have an optional eye shield.

The potentially unsafe helmets were sold through team dealers and direct school sales. They were also available at BSN, Buddy's All Stars, Carey's Sporting Goods, End Zone Sports and Sports, Inc. and other stores nationwide. Online retailers like Eastbay.com, Footlocker.com, SafetyFirstSports.com, SportsUnlimitedInc.com and Xenith.com also carried the product from May of 2015 through March of 2016.

The serial number is printed on a white sticker inside the top of the helmet. A complete list of the serial numbers included in this recall is available at Xenith.com/Recall

Xenith has received 29 reports of cracking helmets, but no injuries have been reported to date.

Football players should immediately stop using the recalled helmets. Players, coaches and parents should contact Xenith to receive a free new replacement helmet.

For more information regarding this recall, consumers can contact Xenith at (800) 956-9022.

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