This sign may bring a smile to a few faces, disappointment to others, but its intention is to call your attention to a very serious matter, read below:
U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell and U.S. Sen. Tom Udall marked Brain Injury Awareness Day last week by introducing bipartisan legislation aimed at protecting youth athletes from the dangers of sports-related traumatic brain injuries.
The Children’s Sports Athletic Equipment Safety Act would ensure that new and reconditioned football helmets for high school and younger players meet safety standards that address concussion risk and the needs of youth athletes. The bill also increases potential penalties for using false injury prevention claims to sell helmets and other sports equipment.
United States Senator Tom Udall requested that the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) investigate alleged deceptive practices of football helmet manufactures. In response to the “serious concerns” raised by Senator Udall, the FTC is now reportedly investigating the helmet manufacturers’ marketing claims. According to Senator Udall’s letter to the FTC, “there is actually very little scientific evidence to support the claim that Riddell’s Revolution helmets reduce the risk of concussion by 31 percent.”
If you have purchased a football helmet from the manufacturer Riddell or another manufacturer, they may have violated the law by allegedly falsely claiming its helmets possessed safety capabilities they did not have.
Anyone who purchased a football helmet under a belief that it possessed safety features that would reduce the risk of concussion, it may be important to talk to an attorney.
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