The Army ordered soldiers to inspect theirs and turn in any branded by ArmorSource. Army sources have indicated that this is a precautionary measure and that there are no records of combat injuries resulting from these s. The exact risk to soldiers wearing the recalled helmets is still being determined, the Army said. The recall constitutes about 4 percent of roughly one million s currently in the Army’s inventory. The Army adopted the ACH design in 2002, replacing Personal Armor System for Ground Troops helmet (PASGT) helmet. ArmorSource was one of four companies selected to produce the ACH, and, by March 2009 the company has delivered the Army over 70,000 ACH helmets. Gentex Corporation, another manufacturer of the ACH faced a similar recall of 34,218 helmets last year. The other two manufacturers are and MSA.
Commenting on the Army announcement, ArmorSource said it received no notification of this recall from the government, and added they will cooperate fully with any governmental inquiries and are prepared to address the government’s concerns. The company stressed that all Advanced Combatdistributed to the field were accepted by the government after they passed independent, government-approved quality and lot testing.
Army and the Marine Corps are working on the Enhanced Combat Helmet, a new generation of helmet made of a high-tech plastic rather than Kevlar. The Army and Marine Corps are currently evaluating an Enhanced Combat Helmet, (ECH) which will eventually replace the ACH. ArmorSource is one of the manufacturers developing the advanced design to be used exclusively by U.S. Armed Forces.. The new lightweight helmet will match or exceed the ballistic fragmentation resistance of current helmets offering a significant weight reduction of approximately 20%, which means above 0.5 pounds as compared to the older designs.