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Says they don't really know where they all are - only way to determine is to check label:
Washington D.C. -- The Department of the Army said Monday that some of the 44,000 defective helmets it recalled last Thursday are being used right now in combat operations. The only way to determine who is wearing one, Army officials say, is for troops to check the helmet labels themselves.
"We don't know where they are," said Brigadier General Pete Fuller, who overseas equipment contracts for the Army. "So they could be on some soldiers' head in either Iraq or Afghanistan. They could also be anywhere else in the world.” The Army has already received some returns from soldiers in Afghanistan.
Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon Fuller said the Army learned that in January of 2010 the Justice Department began an investigation into the advanced combat helmet made by ArmorSource. Testing at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland concluded the helmets did not meet Army ballistics standards and that certain parts of the helmet failed to protect against multiple rounds of ammunition. Brigadier General Fuller said the helmets failed a "worst case scenario" test, but nevertheless the helmets were not up to Army regulations.
Even though the helmets failed the tests by a small margin, “standards are absolute and if you don't need them, you don't need them,” Fuller said. “So that's why we're going to pull them.”
Officials said the recall applies to all the military services, not just Army. That's because 24 thousand of the helmets were distributed across every service from a supply center in Philadelphia. According to the Army, once those helmets left Philadelphia, they were impossible to track.
The Army notified its soldiers of the recall last Thursday and it's asking all service members to check their helmets by pulling back the cover and reading the label on the the left-hand side near the ear. Officials say if a soldier identifies the helmet as an ArmorSource advanced combat helmet he should stop wearing it immediately and exchange it. According to Brigadier General Fuller there are plenty of alternate helmets available to those serving in theater.
In a statement on its website the Ohio-based manufacturer, ArmorSource, claims it was given no warning of the recall before the Army made the news public in a press release last Friday. Part of the statement reads: “All Advanced Combat Helmets distributed to the field were accepted by the government after they passed independent, government-approved quality and lot testing. ArmorSource will cooperate fully with any governmental inquiries regarding its Advanced Combat Helmet and is seeking to obtain additional information to allow ArmorSource to address the government's concerns.”
No injuries or deaths have been reported in association with the helmet, but Army officials want them off the battlefield as soon as possible.
Coincidentally the Army put a halt to the ArmorSource contract in November of 2008 after receiving reports that the green paint was peeling off the helmets.