Two Lawmakers Want Safer Helmets for Kids

Two Democratic lawmakers are trying to get football helmet companies to make safer helmets for kids.

Their proposal is intended to make sure that helmets address concussion risk for players at the high school level and below.

New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall and New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell say legislation they introduced Wednesday would give companies nine months to improve helmet standards, which are now voluntary.

If companies fail to do that, the bill would require the Consumer Product Safety Commission to set mandatory standards.

No helmets in use today can eliminate concussions.

At Udall's request, the Federal Trade Commission is looking into marketing claims that some helmets can help reduce concussions.

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