Army issues recall for some combat helmets
Gentex Corp., manufacturer of the Army's Advanced Combat Helmets, stated that a subcontractor had falsified certicicates regarding the type of steel used to furnish the helments. These screws failed ballistic tests which resulted in the recall. Gentex will absorb costs and resources to replace the screws.
The Army has issued a recall of 34,218 Advanced Combat Helmets which failed ballistic tests.
The recall affects 15,380 Army helmets, 12,000 Air Force helmets and another 6,838 helmets which were never issued by Defense Logistics Agency.
The helmet shells are "absolutely safe and effective, that's the bottom line" according to Lt. Col. Robert Myles, product manager for Soldier Survivability. The company that manufactured the recalled helmets, Gentex Corp., told the Army it believed the four screws which attach the chinstrap and related parts to the helmet did not conform to Army contract specifications.
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