Advanced Combat Helmets Recall Resource Center
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In May 2010, the Army issued a recall on 44,000 Advanced Combat Helmets (ACHs) in active use across three branches of the Armed Forces, raising concerns about the safety of our troops serving abroad. According to the Army, there are serious concerns that the helmets may fail to meet the exacting ballistic standards set by the military to protect the men and women on the frontlines of combat.
The ACH recall resources page presented here is designed to help you learn more about the recall and its implications on the personnel who have been issued the defective helmets. This website is your one-stop resource for information about the recall and helpful links to relevant services. We are proud of the service of the men and women in the Armed Forces, and we hope this answers some of your most pressing questions about the recall.
The ACH Recall
The recalled helmets were produced by ArmorSource, LLC (formerly known as Rabintex USA, LLC), due to the concern that they do not offer sufficient protection to the men and women who wear them. Of these, only 20,000 of the units were in use by the Army, with the other 24,000 split between Navy and the Air Force personnel.
According to a message released by All Army Activities, it is believed that the defective helmets might have been produced using “unauthorized manufacturing processes, defective materials, and improper quality procedures,” which could contribute to unacceptably substandard protection from ballistics and fragmentation. The Army is currently investigating the extent of the danger posed by these helmets.
When the recall was first issued, it was unclear where the helmets had been deployed, with Army spokesman Lt. Col. Jimmie Cummings saying that it was possible that some of the helmets made it into combat zones. The Department of Justice is currently investigating the matter further.
It is currently believed that no one was directly injured as the result of the defective Advanced Combat Helmets.
Examining Your Helmet
Because of the potential dangers of being issued a defective ACH, it is important to verify that your helmet is not one of the recalled units. Noncommissioned officers have been tasked with personally checking all helmets. To check for yourself, look for the manufacturer’s tag on the left side of the helmet, near the ear. If the label shows that the helmet was manufactured by ArmorSource, LLC, you may have a defective ACH.
If you are a veteran and sustained a head injury in the line of duty, we cannot thank you enough for your service and your sacrifice. The following links may be able to help you get in touch with organizations that can help you.
Families of Service Members
It can be incredibly stressful to have a loved one serving overseas. The following resources may be helpful to you if you have a family member in the armed forces, or if you have lost someone you love as a result of their service.
More about the Recall
It is very worrisome to think that 44,000 defective helmets may have been given to the brave men and women who need protection the most. The following links have more about the recall and the ongoing investigation into the matter.