Like pretty much all items made by humans, they do have a limited shelf life.
CHICAGO – January 4, 2012 –Riddell announced today it will be the first manufacturer to provide users with an easy-to-read, initial season of use/maximum life label.
The label will be affixed to the exterior of its helmets as part of Riddell’s commitment to designing and manufacturing football helmets and equipment to provide athletes with the highest level of protection possible.
“Our new system helps coaches and parents easily determine the age of a player’s helmet.” This initiative is supported by Chairman Inez Tenenbaum of the U. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which works to improve the safety of thousands of consumer products under its jurisdiction.
“I applaud Riddell for stepping forward and empowering parents, players, and coaches with information that could prevent injuries on the football field,” said CPSC Chairman Tenenbaum.
Nowadays, they can be personalized for optimum fit and are often removable and washable. The shell is the first line in the helmet’s defense.