MIC launches Web site to check if helmets meet safety standards
February 13, 2009
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HelmetCheck.org was created by Motorcycle Industry Council’s (MIC) Helmet Task Force to verify helmets comply with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) safety standard, FMVSS 218, reported the MIC.
Information on DOT-compliant helmets is provided by helmet manufacturers and distributors voluntarily participating in the database, including AFX, AGV, Arai, AXO, HJC, Icon, Scorpion and Shoei.
The goal is to call attention to the DOT standard, notes Eric Anderson, chairman of the MIC Helmet Task Force.
“With hundreds of models available to choose from, and especially given the prevalence of counterfeit stickers, there is, unfortunately, a lot of confusion among consumers,” Anderson said in a MIC press release. “We are deeply appreciative of the cooperation of the manufacturers and distributors for providing their product information to the site for the benefit of all the riders. Given their participation, HelmetCheck.org will be a reliable way for riders and law enforcement agencies to verify that a specific helmet meets the DOT standard.”
HelmetCheck.org also will be a repository of helmet-related information, research and public service announcements.