Bicycle Helmet Safety: What's the U.S. CPSC?

Posted on December 14, 2014 by Barbara Stevenson | 0 Comments

Mandatory CPSC Sticker for Bicycle Helmets 

Did you ever notice the US CPSC sticker inside your kid's bicycle helmet? The United States Consumer Products Safety Commission (US CPSC) cares about our kids! The US CPSC regulates bicycle helmet safety performance for bike helmets sold in the United States. In 1999, the U.S. CPSC voted unanimously to issue a new federal safety standard that all bike helmets must meet. That new standard requires that helmets intended for children up to age five offer more head coverage. Young, developing skulls need added protection.  In addition, the standard ensures the bicycle helmets will:

  • adequately protect the wearers' head
  • chin straps will prevent the helmet from coming off in a crash or fall

Any helmet sold as a bicycle helmet in the United States MUST meet U.S. CPSC safety standards. A sticker attesting to this fact is required to be present on the inside of the helmet. Now, don't you feel better about strapping a helmet on your young rider? I do!

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