According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle riders who do not wear helmets are 40% more likely to incur fatal head injuries than riders who do. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that all motorcycle helmets sold in the United States meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 218. Many states now have laws requiring use of helmets that meet FMVSS 218 requirements. Increasingly though, motorcycle riders are violating these state laws by wearing cheap and unsafe helmets that do not meet FMVSS 218. In some cases, people purchase these helmets in the mistaken belief that they offer protection. However, many people who wear these helmets know that they are unsafe but wear them anyway. This brochure tells you how to spot these unsafe helmets and how to distinguish them from helmets that meet FMVSS 218.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This brochure was revised and reissued in August 1998.
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 1992-10


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 2 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00721328
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-807 880
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 1 1996 12:00AM