FTC to Investigate Football Helmet Claims in Attempt to Increase Safety

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is currently examining the marketing practices and claims made by Riddell and other leading manufacturers of football helmets that their football helmets help reduce concussions. The FTC agreed to look into the marketing claims at the prompting of Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.Mex) who believes that the helmet manufacturers use “misleading safety claims and deceptive practices” to sell their helmets.

The chairman of the FTC agreed, in a letter to Sen. Udall, that there are “serious concerns” regarding the manufacturers’ marketing claims and that “[g]iven the dangers that concussions pose for young athletes engaged in contact sports, it is essential that advertising for products claiming to reduce the risk of this injury be truthful and substantiated.”

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