In this Oct. 7, 2019 file photo, a new Fittipaldi helmet is displayed at the Northgate Mall in Chicago.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says its investigation found that Fittipsi, maker of the Fitti Fittin’ Helmet, was manufacturing a counterfeit helmet in an attempt to boost sales of the product.
Fittiesi has agreed to settle with the commission and the helmet maker for $1.6 million.
(AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)The CPSC announced Thursday that its investigation into Fittitsi found that the company’s head of manufacturing and sales, Brian Gartman, had fabricated the helmet for use in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The helmet was intended to be worn by Russian skiers, who would not be able to compete.
The CPSC said Fittibaldi had “repeatedly provided false and misleading information” to the agency about its helmet, which had been manufactured and marketed in China.
The agency also said it had discovered that Fritibaldi was manufacturing the helmet without the approval of the U.K. government and had misled consumers about the safety of the helmet.
The consumer product safety commission said it was not satisfied with the company and it is “conducting a criminal investigation” into Fritiosi’s manufacturing practices.
“This matter highlights the challenges facing the CPSC in ensuring that manufacturers of products intended for use at Olympics, festivals and sporting events are subject to proper testing,” CPSC chairwoman Debra Saunders said in a statement.
The investigation was conducted by the CPSO’s Office of Professional Standards, which is the agency’s counterpart to the FDA.
The office said in its statement that it will review the CPSS investigation and determine if there are further steps it can take.
The company has not commented.
The company said in the statement that Fitzsimmons and his team are cooperating fully with the investigation and are cooperating with CPSC efforts to determine the facts surrounding the matter.
The U.N. agency said in January that it would launch an investigation into how counterfeit products are being manufactured in China to help prevent further problems.
Fritipaldi said in an April 6 statement that the U