Remember, football helmets are made for, and work very well to prevent ONLY two primary motives – to reduce skull fractures and to reduce or prevent subdural hematomas (blood clots which form underneath the skull and dura)... NOT CONCUSSIONS. Although helmet manufacturers and companies are diligent in providing visible warnings stating "NO helmet can prevent serious head or neck injuries a player might receive while participating in football" and that "contact football may result in concussion-brain injury which no helmet can prevent," parents remain largely unaware of the potential brain injuries and serious long term effects their child may experience.
A helmet warranty covers any and all manufacturer defects for a period of 1-2 years depending on the manufacturer.
This warranty is extended as long as the helmet is re-certified by utilizing NOCSAE guidelines at a certified NOCSAE testing facility. The helmet must be re-certified every 1-2 years depending on the manufacturer.
The warranty on the shell of the helmet itself is limited to fractures, breaking or cracking under normal usage. This warranty is also limited to 1-2 years depending on the manufacturer. This warranty is extended with proper re-certification credentials every 1-2 years depending on the manufacturer.
WHAT WILL VOID THE WARRANTY OF A HELMET?
– Change to a non-certified face mask or face mask not made by the helmet manufacturer.
– Change to a non-certified chin strap or chin strap not made by the helmet manufacturer.
– Remove or lessen the internal padding of the helmet.
– Remove any or all of the warning/re-certification stickers.
– Clean the helmet with non-approved cleaning products.
– Paint the helmet with non-approved paint.
– Applying any non-manufacturer approved internal or external device to the helmet.
The Shockstrip® is considered an external enhancement device, and application of this product MAY void the original helmet manufacturer warranty. IF this happens, Shockstrip® WILL warrant your helmet under normal use for a period of five (5) years from date of purchase by the original purchaser (“Warranty Period”) provided helmet is properly maintained by a Factory Authorized Reconditioner. Proper maintenance requires reconditioning of your helmet at least every two (2) years by a NOCSAE Licensed Reconditioner using only new factory replacement liners in the reconditioning process. If a defect arises and a valid claim is received within the Warranty Period, Shockstrip will replace the product with a new product equivalent to the original product. Replacement product assumes the remaining warranty of the original. When a product is exchanged, any replacement product becomes your property and the replaced item becomes Shockstrip’s property. Click here to view complete warranty information.
Ultimately, it is the parent’s choice if they choose to utilize the Shockstrip. Not a helmet company, coach, official or Athletic Director can prohibit your child from wearing this device. State and Federal laws regarding helmet safety do not prohibit the use of this device.