Safety Advisory Issued for 5X5 Brand SA-08 Motorcycle Helmet

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) (www.nhtsa.gov) has issued a Consumer Advisory for the 5X5 brand, SA-08 model, motorcycle helmet. The advisory urges consumers to avoid wearing the helmet, stating the helmet fails to meet federal safety standards and head protection requirements for motorcycle helmets.

While it is not believed that the 5X5, SA-08 is currently being sold in the United States, over 14,000 of the helmets were previously imported and sold by Tank Sports, Inc. of California. Tank Sports filed for bankruptcy in December 2009.

The Consumer Advisory has been issued as a follow-up. Tank Sports closed its doors without completing a recall for the helmets requested earlier by the NHTSA. In order to protect consumers, the NHTSA is warning about the potential dangers of use of the unsafe helmets.

SA-08-modelSince 1966 the federal government has published helmet performance requirements and safety standards. Currently, the government, through the Department of Transportation (www.dot.gov), also performs limited safety tests on motorcycle helmets in an attempt to reduce traumatic brain injury and other types of head injury resulting from accidents. In fact, all motorcycle helmets sold in the United States must meet Department of Transportation (DOT) safety requirements and many law enforcement agencies require that motorcycle riders wear DOT-certified helmets.

In testing the 5X5 brand, SA-08 model, the agency found the helmet to fail the penetration test in which a pointed object attempts to penetrate the helmet and make contact with the head. Three out of four SA-08 helmets tested had penetration of both the outer shell and the inner liner highlighting the danger, or lack of protection, for wearers of the helmet.

Helmet laws in the United States vary, with some states requiring all riders to wear helmets, and other states allowing recreational riders the option to wear a helmet. If a rider chooses to wear a helmet, the safety standards demand that head gear protect the head. Though no injuries or deaths have been reported in connection with the helmet, the NHTSA urges consumers to no longer wear this brand and model of helmet, due to the failure of the 5X5, SA-08 in safety tests.

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