Until very recently, when a customer was shopping for a bike helmet at our store, we could confidently tell them, “Choose one that’s comfortable, lightweight, and well-ventilated; they all provide the same level of safety.” That’s because since 1999 U.S. law has required that all bicycle helmets sold in the United States meet the same standard, which is set by the CPSC, or Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The CPSC standard (you can view the entire thing online here) ensures that all bike helmets meet the following criteria:
- They do not block the rider’s vision.
- They do not come off when the rider falls, or during an accident.
- They significantly reduce the force to the rider’s head when the helmet hits a hard surface.
CPSC helmets really do work. When you wear a CPSC approved bike helmet, your chances of suffering a bike-related fatality or serious injury during a catastrophic impact