David Drill, the former president of Circle System Inc., of Easton, Pennsylvania pleaded guilty to in United States District Court in Newark to charges that included failure to conduct proper tests on thousands of refurbised youth football helmets.

A Guilty Plea for Failing to Test Refurbished Youth Football Helmets Properly


Posted on Dec 27, 2008

David Drill, the former president of Circle System Inc. that refurbished sports equipment for hundreds of school districts pleaded guilty in United States District Court in Newark to charges that included failure to conduct proper tests on thousands of youth football helmets.

About 4,000 helmets were returned to the field improperly during 2005 and 2006.  According to National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) certification, companies must not only visually inspect the helmets for cracks and other problems but also subject about 2 percent to drop tests in which they are hit with substantial forces from different angles.

Circle System, Inc. failed to meet these standards.  It is not known whether any players were hurt in a helmet reconditioned by Circle System, which did much of its business in the Northeast and so it is highly unlikely that any football players in the Pacific Northwest were wearing these refurbished helmets.

Statistically, more than 50 football players ages 12 to 18 have died or sustained serious brain injuries since 1997.

A Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma, Washington child injury and accident attorney at Andrew Kim Law Firm, PLLC can assist you with a claim for defective youth and children helmets and products.  Call us toll free at 1-800-636-3676.

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