Football helmet recall as new high school season approaches

ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - Football helmet manufacturer Xenith issued a recall on some helmets. The recall comes just days before the high school football season is set to start.

The helmets involved in the recall are certain Xenith models painted with a gloss or metallic paint between May 2015 and March 2016. According to a local Xenith rep, the problem with these helmets is that the paint can cause them to crack along the jawline.

MICDS has 65 helmets that fall into the recall category. The local rep said they are the only high school in the area affected by the recall.

Xenith shipped MICDS new helmets overnight in time for the school's first game.

According to Xenith, here are the specific models recalled:

"Xenith gloss or metallic painted EPIC Varsity, X2 Varsity, X2E Varsity and youth football helmets manufactured or factory reconditioned and painted by Xenith between May 1, 2015 and March 18, 2016. Other Xenith football helmets (injected color shells and matte painted shells) are not included in this voluntary recall. Helmets manufactured or factory reconditioned and painted by Xenith during different date ranges are also not included. No other Xenith products are affected."