NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - There's a national football helmet recall and it's impacting at least two local football teams. The company Xenith says some of the helmets are cracking, putting players at risk for head injuries. They announced the recall earlier this week.
When Coach Steve Laprad heard about the recall he took action fast. He's the athletic director and football coach at Fort Dorchester High School.
"I was panicking because I would never put a kid out there obviously in a helmet that wasn't up to par," Laprad said.
He was relieved to find out his team's helmets were not impacted by the recall though Fort Dorchester uses Xenith helmets.
"If we had to get 80 helmets in here we knew we were going to be in trouble," he said.
The team will travel to Georgia for a game on Saturday.
At least two high schools had recalled helmets. West Ashley High had 14 and they were all replaced today before game time. Ridge Christian School in Summerville will also have to get new helmets.
According to the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings, Xenith helmets are among the best available when it comes to reduction in concussion risks
"It costs a little bit more, but i think it's worth it for the safety of our kids and our kids love it it's comfortable," Laprad said.
The company recalled the gloss and metallic helmets in a few styles because a chemical was missing in the finish that was causing some helmets to crack. That cracking brings a risk of head injuries. No injuries have been reported because of this issue.
"We were lucky, I guess it's like when things go wrong on cars it doesn't mean the manufacturer is awful," he said. "I think it's good that they do recall them and if they make good on everything you've got to take your hat off to them as a business."
A local dealer of the helmets reached out to the schools it provided Xenith helmets for to warn them of the recall. The helmets at risk of cracking were sold or reconditioned between May of last year and March of this year.
If you'd like more details on the models recalled or to check to see if a particular helmet is recalled you can visit the Xenith website here: http://www.xenith.com/pages/recall.