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Xenith Recalls 5900 Football Helmets
Due to Potential Head Injury Hazard

(Kingston, PA, August 23, 2016) Xenith, the recognized industry leader in helmet technology recently announced a voluntary recall of approximately 5900 of their helmets sold to Varsity and youth football customers. The recall includes 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 through direct team, school and customer purchases, and through certain retail outlets and online sellers.

Xenith Helmet Recall August 2016

Xenith Helmet Recall August 2016The helmets were sold in multiple sizes depending on the model, and in varying colors and custom-paint designs. They have a facemask and a chin cup, available in different styles and varying colors, and may have an optional eye shield. The serial number is printed on a white sticker inside the top of the helmet.

Following a customer inquiry in late 2015, Xenith began investigating if the polycarbonate shell of certain gloss or metallic-painted helmets could unexpectedly crack. Internal testing and manufacturing protocols were reviewed, and an independent laboratory performed additional testing and analysis. The review identified the issue problem: a “flex” additive chemical compound, which prevents other coating components from causing embrittlement of the shell material, was not included in the paint mixture for gloss and metallic painted helmets from May 2015 through March 2016.  This issue has been corrected and a solution was implemented so that all gloss or metallic-painted helmets manufactured since March 2016 include the “flex” additive chemical compound.

To date, no injuries have been reported. Football players should immediately stop using the recalled helmets. Players, coaches and parents should contact Xenith to receive a free new replacement helmet. Xenith will provide packing materials and shipping labels for customers to return the defective helmet.

As part of the recall process, consumers are asked to do the following:

  1. Check the serial number inside your helmet at CheckMyHelmet@xenith.com If you have any questions or need assistance, please call 1-800-956-9022.
  2. If your helmet is included, Xenith will ask for some additional information to ensure that all of your needs are met.
  3. You will receive an email from Xenith within 2-3 business days including a confirmation number and an estimated ship date for your new replacement helmet.
  4. Xenith will ship your replacement helmet via Next Day Air along with prepaid shipping labels AND packaging materials for you to return your affected helmet to Xenith.
  5. Return the affected helmet to Xenith using the prepaid labels and packaging.

Xenith is the only manufacturer to exclusively produce Five-Star helmets under the widely accepted Virginia Tech rating system. Xenith football helmets feature Xenith Adaptive Head Protection® - a system of patented technologies designed to provide superior fit and to help minimize the sudden movement of the head during impact. Hundreds of thousands of players at all levels, including youth, high school, major college and the NFL wear Xenith helmets.

Additional information about this recall can be found at www.xenith.com/recall.

As part of HKQ Kids’ commitment to create a safer future for children in Northeastern Pennsylvania, the HKQ team frequently receives recall information and shares this information as a public service on their website and social media pages. To see this recall and more, visit www.hkqkids.org, or visit HKQ Kids on Facebook.