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Football helmets recalled as cracking may lead to head injuries

It is important to keep our families and children safe from defective products such as football helmets that could lead to brain injuries. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission recently announced a recall for a certain type of football helmets. The recalled football helmets may crack, which presents a risk of head trauma. The total number of helmets recalled is approximately 5,900. The recall involves varsity and youth football helmets that were sold or factory reconditioned from May 2015 through March 2016. The recalled helmets came in multiple sizes and colors and some were custom colored as well. The impacted helmets also came in different styles.

The company that makes the helmets has received 29 reports of cracked helmets. Football players have been instructed to immediately discontinue use of the helmets. The helmets will be replaced free of charge, and players, parents and coaches should contact the company for the free replacement. The helmets were sold in sporting goods stores nationwide and also online. Head and brain injuries can have a lasting impact on victims, who may face lifelong challenges related to physical, cognitive and emotional functioning. These problems may require costly treatment and rehabilitation.

Because of the harm a head and brain injury may cause, victims may suffer physical, financial and emotional damages. In circumstances when the victim has suffered an injury because of a defective product, a number of parties may be liable for the damages suffered by the victim. Parties that may be liable to compensate the victim for the damages they have suffered, depending on the circumstances, may include the manufacturer of the product, distributor of the product and retailer of the product.

Victims of head and brain injuries may face unexpected and ongoing struggles and challenges. As a result, it is important for them to be familiar with the full range of options available to assist them.

Source: United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, "Xenith Recalls Football Helmets Due to Head Injury Hazard," Aug. 17, 2016

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