NHTSA issues warning on 5X5/SA-08 helmets from Tank Sports

Publish Date: 
Jun 14, 2012

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) June 14 urged motorcyclists not to wear the 5X5 brand, SA-08 model motorcycle helmet because it fails to meet the head protection requirements of the federal safety standard for helmets.

As many as 14,000 5X5/SA-08 helmets were imported and sold by Tank Sports Inc. of California, which declared bankruptcy without completing a recall requested by NHTSA, the agency reported.

"While NHTSA believes that none of the 5X5/SA-08 helmets are currently being offered for sale in the U.S., there may be some motorcyclists who are continuing to use them," the agency noted.

According to the agency, the helmets failed to meet the penetration protection requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218 when the products were subjected to federal testing. Both the outer shell and the inner liner in three out of four helmets were penetrated in safety tests conducted by NHTSA.

NHTSA said it has received no consumer complaints regarding the 5X5/SA-08 model and is not aware of any deaths or injuries involving the helmets. However, the agency advises motorcyclists to discard these helmets immediately and not to use them while riding.

Posted by Mary Slepicka