The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging motorcyclists not to wear the 5X5 brand, SA-08 model motorcycle helmet because it fails to meet federal head protection requirements.
Officials said as many as 14,000 of the helmets were imported
and sold by Tank Sports Inc. of California, which declared
bankruptcy without completing a government-requested recall.
The safety administration said that under federal testing, the
helmets failed to meet penetration protection requirements. Both
the outer shell and the inner liner in three out of four helmets
were penetrated in NHTSA safety tests.
The agency isn't aware of any deaths or injuries involving the
helmets. However, the agency advises motorcyclists to discard the
helmets immediately and not to use them while riding.