When to replace a helmet?

There are reasons to replace your helmet, but simple age is not one of them. That’s according to an independent helmet testing agency.

Extensive testing of used (but not crashed) bicycle helmets shows that the foam liners retain their performance over many years. MEA Forensic announced at a May ASTM F08.53 technical meeting the results of their testing of 675 bicycle helmets, some as old as 26 years.

“There is no justification for two to ten year replacement recommendations based on impact performance,” said MEA’s Alyssa DeMarco.

Taken from Helmets.org.

One Response to “When to replace a helmet?”

  1. jay Says:

    I broke a 10 year old, much used, Giro on PMR about five years ago. Thankfully I worked just fine. I’ve heard of the replace every four years recommendation but figured that was just to move product.

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