Feds Warn of Brain Injury Risks from Motorcycle Helmets
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as many as 1500 motorcyclists’ lives were saved in 2010 because of helmet use. There is no doubt that wearing a motorcycle helmet can be the single biggest step that motorcyclists can take to survive an accident. However, a helmet that does not meet federal safety standards can actually increase the risk of injuries. The federal administration is drawing attention to thousands of motorcycle helmets that have been recalled, but may still be in use in parts of the country.
The 5X5 S8-08 motorcycle helmets which were manufactured by Tank Sports Inc, were recalled, but the company suspended operations, and went into bankruptcy during the recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration believes that all of the helmets have been recalled, and taken off store shelves. However, it is quite likely that there are many motorcyclists out there who brought the helmets before the recall, and are still using them. These motorcyclists may not realize that they are at a much higher risk of injuries in an accident.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the motorcycle helmets failed critical tests, including those targeted at rating penetration safety. The motorcycle helmets were found to have no protection against penetration, failing several standards. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants all motorcyclists to know that these helmets are dangerous, and will not protect them in the event of an accident. In fact, defective motorcycle helmets can actually increase your risk of injuries during an accident.
So far, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not received any reports of any injuries or fatalities caused as a result of the use of these motorcycle helmets. However, the agency has warned motorcyclists to stop using these helmets immediately.