A company based in Detroit is recalling almost 6,000 football helmets because they can crack and increase the risk of a head injury.
Xenith's recall includes their 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 company has posted a complete list of serial numbers of the recalled helmets online. You can check the serial number of a helmet on a white sticker inside the top of the helmet.
Players should stop using the helmets immediately. The company says there are 29 reports of helmets cracking, but no reported injuries.
Players coaches at parents should contact Xenith for a free new replacement helmet.
The helmets were sold through team dealers and direct school sales, and at BSN, Buddy’s All Stars, Carey’s Sporting Goods, End Zone Sports and Sports, Inc. and other stores nationwide and online at Eastbay.com, Footlocker.com, SafetyFirstSports.com, SportsUnlimitedInc.com and Xenith.com from May 2015 through March 2016 for between $140 and $400.
Xenith can be contacted at 800-956-9022 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.xenith.com. Click on the “Helmet Shell Recall” link on the homepage for more information.