As adapted from a a Feb. 9, 2009 industry press release.

The Motorcycle Industry Council. (MIC) announced earlier this month a new Web site aimed at letting riders know whether their helmets were OK.
The site, called Helmet Check, allows riders to confirm that their helmets meet U.S. Department of Transportation safety standards.
Developed by the Motorcycle Industry Council’s (MIC) Helmet Task Force, Helmet Check lets riders verify that a helmet they own, or are thinking about buying complies with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s safety standard (FMVSS 218).
This new Web site offers access to info from helmet manufacturers voluntarily participating in the site’s database.
Thus far, AFX, AGV, Arai, AXO, HJC, Icon, Scorpion, and Shoei are manufacturers and distributors that have provided information on their full line of helmets.
“The most important piece of safety equipment a rider can wear is a DOT-compliant helmet,” said Eric Anderson, chairman of the MIC Helmet Task Force. “We hope to call attention to the DOT standard and let riders know that they can reliably identify and verify that the helmet they own, or are considering for purchase, is DOT-compliant.”
A DOT-compliant helmet – marked with a labeling sticker on back – denotes that the manufacturer confirms it meets or exceeds the government standards for protection. To display a DOT certification symbol on helmets, manufacturers must meet standards that include impact absorbing capability, penetration resistance, and a retention system standard that ensures a helmet stays fastened during a crash.
“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. “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 for the benefit of consumers, policy-makers and law enforcement.
The Motorcycle Industry Council is a not-for-profit national trade association located in Located in Irvine, Calif. It represents manufacturers and distributors of motorcycles and scooters, parts and accessories for motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and recreational off-highway vehicles, as well as members of allied trades.
The MIC’s Helmet Task Force was formed to address the need for public awareness and understanding of motorcycle helmet issues including identification of DOT compliant helmets, the advantages of helmet use, and evaluation of helmet-related liability issues.

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