A visit was made to Professor Harry Hurt to gather information on the construction and testing of motorcycle helmets. Professor Hurt is the head of a nationally recognized head protection laboratory at the University of Southern California. Helmets are tested for effectiveness in guarding against penetration and protecting the head in crashes, and chin straps are tested for their ability to hold the helmet on the wearer. An interesting fact Professor Hurt and his staff have discovered from Los Angeles County coroner's reports is that only one out of eight motorcycle accident fatalities was wearing a helmet. Professor Hurt describes a "premium helmet" as one with a hard shell which distributes the impact force and prevents penetration and with an energy-absorbing liner of styrofoam that crushes and absorbs the impact. He warns against helmets without DOT-approved stickers and with only foam rubber or polypropylene linings.

  • Corporate Authors:

    US Air Force Inspection and Safety, Center

    Norton AFB, CA  United States  92409
  • Publication Date: 1983-12

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: 4 p.
  • Serial:
    • Driver
    • Volume: 17
    • Issue Number: 7
    • Publisher: US Air Force Inspection and Safety, Center

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00389055
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-036 592
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 28 1984 12:00AM