Captain Jason Berry
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax
*** For Immediate Release***
August 16, 2011
Contact: Trooper Krista Hedstrom
Is Your Motorcycle Helmet Legitimate?
Motorcyclists involved in collisions are often injured by the one piece of equipment that is designed to prevent injuries. If you are a rider, how can you be sure that the helmet you are wearing is safe? Below are some things to look for when choosing a helmet:
Most importantly, choose a helmet that is DOT approved. The Department of Transportation sets standards that manufacturers must follow when designing a helmet. When these standards are met, the helmet is clearly marked with DOT. The DOT marking will be permanently affixed to the outside of the helmet. Beware of DOT stickers – a sticker is not a permanent fixture.
In addition to outer markings, the inside of a legitimate helmet will have a permanent label affixed. This label will provide such information as the helmet model, size, manufacturers name, month and year of manufacture, and construction materials.
An approved helmet will have a thick chin strap that fits properly and is well riveted to the helmet. A proper helmet is typically heavier than a novelty helmet due to the one inch thick inner foam lining.
A novelty helmet is really nothing more than a shell with a thin lining. Flimsy chin straps and rivets that protrude inside the helmet are other indicators that the helmet you may be using is not DOT approved. Many will indicate on the inside that the helmet is sold as a novelty product only and does not meet DOT specifications.
Remember, wearing a DOT approved helmet along with proper riding gear can prevent serious or fatal injuries.