As we go deeper into fall, our high schools and colleges are in the final push for league championships, rankings, and bowl bids. Unfortunately some of the equipment they are using is not protecting them in the violent world of football contact.

On November 3, 2011 Under Armour and the CPSC announced a recall of 541,000 chin straps sold from January 2008 through September 2011 for about $20 and used in high school and youth football helmets because the “The metal snap that connects the chin strap to the helmet has sharp edges, posing a laceration hazard when the user’s metal snap comes into contact with another player”.

In this most American game of football the players used chinstraps manufactured in China and marketed as the UA Defender Chin Straps. According to the CPSC “They were sold in the following colors: white and black, red, midnight, navy and royal and have a hard nylon shell, a padded chin area and a plastic strap with “Under Armour” printed on it. The chin straps have metal clasps that tighten the straps and attach them to the helmet.”

According to the recall announcement; “Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled chin straps and contact Under Armour for a free replacement chin strap.”

You may wish to take a look at helmet your youngster is using and take appropriate action.

Attorneys at the Brandi Law Firm have represented helmet wearing athletes (football, lacrosse) and cyclists injured by defective equipment. For more information, contact us at www.brandilaw.com