The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently urged motorcyclists to discontinue using the 5×5 brand, SA-08 model motorcycle helmet. The government requested a recall after the helmet failed to meet federal penetration protection requirements. During safety testing the outer shell and inner liner were penetrated in 3 out of 4 helmets.
Tank Sports, Inc. of California sold as many as 14,000 of the defective helmets. The company filed for bankruptcy and was unable to complete the recall process. As a substitute for a recall, the NHTSA issued a consumer advisory warning people who purchased the helmet of the potential safety hazard. The NHTSA “advises motorcyclists to discard these helmets immediately.” The advisory also urges motorcyclists to always wear a Department of Transportation-compiant helmet. According to the NHTSA, more than 1500 lives were saved in 2010 because the riders were wearing helmets that meet the federal head protection requirements.