A recent study from Consumer Reports found that potentially unsafe bike helmets are being sold online. The helmets do not meet basic safety requirements set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Kevin Loria, Consumer Reports health reporter says, “Helmets need to comply with CPSC standards to show that they protect against skull fracture.”
He continues, “Part of that certification includes posting a label saying that they passed this testing. But it turns out there are a lot of helmets for sale online that don’t have these and so they may not be certified and should not legally be for sale.”
CR found that most products “come directly from China. And many said that they are certified to European standards, but that doesn’t make them legal to sell” in America.
Consumer Reports advises consumers to shop locally to ensure proper fit and safety standards are met.
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