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What's New on Our Site

2024



February 2


February 2


January 12


January 5
Sent out Updates: Bell recalls Slope and Hovding has filed for bankruptcy.


January 5
Added the CPSC recall of Bell Slope adult skate-style helmets to our Recalls page.


January 1, 2024
Posted updates of many pages, pamphlets and other materials for 2024.


2023



December 27
Added new info on helmet laws in Japan and Germany to our Mandatory Helmets page.


November 14
Updated our page on round heads.


October 16
Added a CPSC injury study to our page on eBikes.


September 30
Added mechanical metamaterials to our page on helmet liners.


September 14
Added the CPSC warning not to use Xingdetui Outdoor Kopobob Kids helmets to our Recalls page.


September 11
Updated our page on the Kranium helmet.


September 7
Added the CPSC warning not to use Tengingyue and Cyclingsell helmets to our Recalls page.


August 31
Revalidated all of our links, revising 23 pages.


August 29
Sent an Update newsletter: CPSC helmet recalls are evolving


August 27
Added the CPSC recall of ECNUP helmets to our Recalls page.


July 10
Finished a major site cleanup including updating all of our links.


July 2
Added new info to our Asian fit helmets page.


July 1


June 30
Added a UK article about penalties in some countries for not wearing a helmet to our helmet laws page.


June 24
Added a Sound Around - Renegade - Hurtle child helmet recall to our Recalls page.


May 4


May 29
Finished a major site cleanup including updating all of our links.


May 24
Added comments on a Triathlete article to our MIPS page.


May 22
Added a Ventura recall to our Recalls page.


May 9
Added new studies to our Journals page


May 5
Added an ebike helmet study to the numbers for sale section of our Stats page


May 4
Sent an Update newsletter: New list of best-performing helmets


April 30


April 22
Added a Lucky Global Lelinta recall to our Recalls page.


April 4
Added a Giro Merit recall to our Recalls page.


April 3
Added info on Bell/Giro/Fox layoffs to our Helmets for 2023 page and our industry news page.


March 31
Added a recall of JBM International adult helmets to our recalls page.


March 26
Updated DOT statistics on pedalcycle deaths and injuries on our Stats page.


March 14
Added a link to a Vox article on problems with recalls to our Recalls page.


March 13
Added stats on Montreal helmet use to our Stats page.
Added the Sweet Protection Redeemer 2Vi to our Chrono helmets page.


March 12
Added a study on thermal comfort to our scientific journals page.


March 8
Added a link to the UC Davis "Helmet Hair Don't Care" page to our campus page.


March 2
Added a recall of Ouwoer Kids skate-style helmets to our recalls page.


March 2
Added a Norwegian study to our stats page and our Journals page.


February 12


January 31
Added Japan's new all-ages helmet law to our mandatory helmet laws page.


January 31



January 25
Added a new survey of worldwide helmet laws to our page on helmet law evaluations


January 20
Sent an Update newsletter: More Sakar helmets recalled


January 17
Added the new Bold Helmet to our Helmets for 2023 page.

January 13
Posted new NHTSA statistics for total road deaths on our Stats page.

January 7
Posted an all-new version of our sitemap.

January 6
Added a company announcement of a new turban-compatible helmet for kids.

January 1, 2023
Posted updates of many pages and handouts for 2023.


2022



December 23

December 14
Posted new statistics from Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia on our stats page.

December 1

November 30
Posted a Thank You for our Giving Tuesday donors--they keep us going!

November 16
Added a new study from Wroclaw University to our page on taking your baby along.

November 2
Added CPSC's unilateral press release procedure to CPSC penalties page

October 31
Sent an Update newsletter: Punisher adult helmets recalled

September 27
Added a link to Virginia Tech's kayak helmet ratings to our Other Helmets page.

August 17
Added AAP pediatric statistics to our Stats page.
Launched a major site cleanup and conversion to CSS.

August 15
Updated our Giant/Liv info on our Helmets for 2022 page.

July 19
Published a Helmet Update: recall of Tony Hawk skate-style helmets.

July 12
Added info on POC's airbag/helmet concept Helmets for 2022 page.

July 11
Added info on Vista's purchase of Fox Racing to our Helmets for 2022 page.

July 10
Added statistics from the UK's NCHAP literature review to our stats page.

July 9
Added a link to the UK's new helmet rating scheme to our page on bicycle helmet ratings

June 13
Updated writeups on our Helmets for 2022 page.

May 16
Added info on Leatt's expanding sales to our Manufacturers page.

May 9

April 28
Resumed updating our tracking of web server hits.

April 18
Added another report of a visor injury to our Visors page.

March 24

March 15
Added a new meta study to our helmet law effectiveness and our scientific journals pages.

February 18
Added repeal of the King County helmet law to our helmet laws page.

February 14
Updated statistics you can buy on our Stats page.

February 14
Updated market comments in our Helmets for 2022 page.

February 14
Added some statistics to our MIPS page.

February 7
Added another report of a visor injury to our Visors page.

February 7
Revised our page on rotational injury and updated our MIPS page.

February 6

February 3
Added the S1 Lifer to our Largest helmets for big heads page.

February 2
Added a new crash story to our Crashes page.

February 1
Published a Helmet Update: Snell publishes rotational testing results.

January 31
Updated Cycle Force info in our Helmets for 2022 page.

January 30
Added a new crash story to our Crashes page.

January 25
Added a new study to our Journals page.

January 25
Added a new study on rugby headgear to our Other Helmets page.

January 24
Updated NHTSA statistics on our Stats page.

January 14
Added another report of a visor injury to our Visors page.

January 14
Added a link to North Carolina's free helmet program to our page on free helmets.

January 13
Added a link to Bike Adviser's crash statistics to our Stats page.

January 12
Updated MET info in our page on where helmets are made.

January 1, 2022
Posted updates of many pages and handouts for 2022.


2021


November 15
Added a study on factors in perception of mandatory helmet laws to our page on studies of effectiveness of laws.

November 10
Published a Helmet Update: Albany ebike law, ABUS MountZ helmet recall.

October 30
Added another market report for sale to our Stats page.

October 29

March 22
Added Animiles to our Helmets for 2021 page.

September 18
Added yet another study on risk compensation to our page on scientific journal articles.

September 6
Published a Helmet Update: SKE Outdoors recalls TurboSke toddler helmets.

June 21
Published a Helmet Update: VA Tech testing finds $7 Five Star helmet.

June 8
Added to our online videos page a hilarious PSA by the Danish Road Safety Council.

June 1

June 1

May 27
Added an article by Abayazid et al about rotational helmet testing to our Journals page.

April 17
Added our review of Consumer Reports' helmet page update and sent a Helmet Update.

March 22
Added the new 7.20 helmet to our Helmets for 2021 page.

March 21
Added the CERTIMOOV Euro helmet recommendations to our Ratings page.

March 18
Updated our page on Virginia Tech's helmet ratings.

March 10
Added a clarification to our MIPS page.

March 4
Added CPSC's COVID19 emergency room report to our Stats page.

February 24
Published a Helmet Update: Bee Free helmets recalled.

February 22
Added a study of head injuries in the Netherlands to our page on helmet opposition.

February 20
Added possible coefficient of restitution concerns to our airbag page.

January 14
Added Folksam's Euro helmet recommendations to our Ratings page.

January 12
Added Euro statistics from Folksam to our Statistics page.

January 1, 2021
Posted updates of many pages and handouts for 2021.




2020


November 30
Published a Helmet Update: Any Volume helmets recalled.

September 8
Added a page on Ebike helmet laws

August 30
Added another crash to our Crash story page

August 29
Published a Helmet Update: Morpher and Woom helmets recalled.

August 12
Published a Helmet Update: Sweet Protection recalls Ripper.

July 31
Added another crash to our Crash story page

July 27
Added a risk compensation study to our Journals page.

July 21
Added the Giro Bronte to our Big Head page.

July 21
Added the Fend One and updated info again on Hedkayse on our folding helmets page and Helmets for 2020.

July 19
Added an article from Amsterdam to our turbans page.

July 13
Updated info on Hedkayse on our folding helmets page and Helmets for 2020.

July 9
Added Tacoma's helmet law repeal to our mandatory helmet laws page.

July 7
Added the POC Coron to our page on helmets for rounder heads.

July 3
Added ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene shell material to our liners page.

June 26
Updated info on Park and Diamond on our folding helmets page.

June 25
Posted user info on the Giro Chronicle and updated our Big Head page.

June 17
Revised some European information on our recalls page.

June 9
Added an Amazon Japan source to our page on helmets for rounder heads.

April 21
Updated our page on helmet liners to add TPU foam.

April 10

April 1
Updated our page on Virginia Tech's helmet ratings.

March 31
Added advice on COVID-19 to our helmet cleaning page.

March 15
We are fully functioning despite COVID-19 restrictions.

February 28
Added info on failures of products bought online to our page on fake helmets

February 18
Added newly published studies to our page of scientific journal articles

February 10
Added a five year market growth projection to our our Statistics page

January 14
Published a Helmet Update: Helmets for 2020.

January 3
Added info on Giro's Asian fit models to our page on helmets for rounder heads.

January 1, 2020
Posted updates of many pages and handouts for 2020.




2019


December 13

December 13
Added Japanese links to our page on helmets for rounder heads.

December 12
Added a link to testing of helmets on and below the test line to our Journals and studies page.

December 4
Launched our Helmets for 2020 page

November 29
Added the Hövding 3 to our airbag helmet page

November 26
Updated DOT data on our Statistics page.

November 25

November 19
Revised our page on Helmet Liners

November 19
Added a new global market study to our Stats page

November 5
Added info on a National Transportation Safety Board study to our Helmet Laws page

October 3
Added Comodo/Sectigo high-level extended validation security verification for our site.

September 15
Added HexR custom helmets to our Helmets for 2019 page

September 11
Added another crash to our Crash story page

September 11
Added a link to a study titled "The effect of hair and football helmet fit on headform kinematics" to our Journals and studies page and to our MIPS page.

August 28
Added another crash to our Crash story page

August 27
Added a questionable German study on cognitive effects of helmet wearing on our Journals and studies page.

August 26
Posted a new page on fake and counterfeit helmets

August 11
Added another crash to our Crash story page

August 6
Added a 2019 youth helmet market study link to our Statistics page

July 27

July 3
Published a Helmet Update: Consumer Reports flunks three helmets.

May 17
Updated information on our helmet sensors page to include an FDA warning.

May 5

April 20
Added a study of ebike head injuries to our Journals and studies page and our ebike page.

April 13
Added a study finding that risk compensation does not occur with bicycle helmets to our Journals and studies page.

April 13
Added a study concluding that Australia's helmet laws worked well to our Journals and studies page.

April 12
Added a study about ridership and New Zealand's helmet laws to our Journals and studies page.

April 10
Updated our ebike page to add more models and links.

April 6
Added a study showing that current headforms produce misleading rotational force results to our Journals and studies page.

April 3
Added info on Closca's new folding Loop model to our Folding Helmets page.

March 31
Added info on Asian Fit versions of Bontrager WaveCel models to our Helmets for 2019 page.

March 30
Added Costa Rica to our Mandatory Helmet Laws page.

March 19
Added Trek's new Bontrager WaveCel models to our Helmets for 2019 page.

March 13
Posted more injury data on our helmets for scooters page.

February 11

February 3

January 30

January 29
Posted injury data on our helmets for scooters page.

January 6, 2019
Added Bell's "Asia Fit" models to our page on helmets for rounder heads.

January 1, 2019

January 1, 2019
Posted updates of many of our pages for 2019.




2018


December 16
Added a photo of a scalp apparently damaged by a MIPS liner to our MIPS page.

December 14

November 26

November 20
Noted that Time magazine chose the Lumos helmet as one of their Best Inventions of 2018.

November 13
Added info on a new market research study to stats page.

October 26
Added a Vision Hero short video on buying and fitting a bike helmet to our videos on the web page.

October 25
Added the CPSC recall link to our October 1 Update on Lazer's helmet recall.

October 17
Revised info on our ratings page.

October 10

October 5
Revised info on our mandatory helmet law page.

September 27
Added Park & Diamond to our folding helmets page.

September 17
Added Miga brand to our Helmets for 2018 page.

September 16
Updated our Seniors page.

September 16

August 26

August 23

August 20

August 1

July 1

July 1
Added info on Virginia Tech's STAR helmet concussion ratings to our Helmets for 2018 page.

June 26
Added info on Virginia Tech's STAR helmet concussion ratings and sent out an Update newsletter.

June 22
Added Connecticut's ebike law to our helmet laws page. (See also our ebike laws page.)

May 29
Sent out an Update on Snell's MIPS testing with a clarification on May 31.

May 29
Added info on Snell's MIPS testing to our MIPS page.

May 25
Added GDPR info to our privacy page.

May 3
Sent a comment to CPSC on Hövding's petition for exemption from CPSC's bicycle helmet standard.

March 26

March 26
Posted another account on our page of crash stories.

March 22

March 15

March 15

March 14

March 10
Sent out a Helmet Update on Hövding seeks exemption from CPSC standard.

March 8
Added Velotec's brands to our Helmets for 2018 page.

February 27

February 18
Updated our links page.

February 8
Added a warning about RF radiation to our review of Helmets for 2018.

February 7
Posted our review of Helmets for 2018 and sent out a Helmet Update announcement.

January 15
Posted a page of Highlights for 2017.

January 10
Posted another entry on our page of crash stories.

January 1, 2018

January 1, 2018
Posted updates of many of our pages for 2018.



2017


October 27
Posted a review of a New York Times helmet article by Jane Brody.

October 23

October 16
Linked to a study relating helmet damage scans to injuries on our Journals page.

October 6

September 28
Purchased a TLS/SSL secure server certificate to encrypt all outgoing and incoming traffic.

September 25

September 23

September 23
Updated guesses on the global helmet market.

September 16

September 13

September 6
Added new info on another louse killer spray.

August 29
Added new MIPS versions to our MIPS page.

June 18
Added the Weshine Online cardstock helmet to our folding helmets page.

June 14
Updated the NHTSA 2015 crash data on our Statistics page.

June 5
Added a page on New Helmet Designs.

June 5
Added Hedon to our page on Helmets for 2017.

May 31
Added a 2017 study titled "Bicycle helmet effectiveness is not overstated" to our page of journal articles.

May 25
Updated our page on the Hövding airbag helmet.

May 3

May 2
Published the final report on our dishwasher machine helmet testing.

March 28
Added the TEC Components brand to our review of Helmets for 2017.

March 27
Added new NHTSA 2015 crash data to our Statistics page.

March 24
Added more European laws to our mandatory helmet law page.

March 20
Added the Jackson, MS 2013 helmet law to our mandatory helmet law page.

January 20
Added info on France's under-12 helmet law to our mandatory helmet law page.

January 5
Updated our pages on dual-certified and chrono-time trial helmets.

January 3
Posted our full review of Helmets for 2017.

January 2, 2017

January 1, 2017
Posted our 2017 program and 2017 budget.

Updated our pamphlets and other materials for the new year.


2016


December 18
Added new helmets to our folding helmets page.

December 13
Added an online option to our donation page.

December 1
Posted our preview of Helmets for 2017 and sent out a Helmet Update announcement.

November 27
Sent an Update newsletter: Concussion trends and a jaw injury study.

November
Revised many pages to acknowledge our transition from a sponsored program to an incorporated 501(c)3 non-profit.

October 6
Added the Dutch ebike standard to our Test Line Comparison.

October 4
Added a comment on Stanford's research to our airbag helmet page.

October 3
Added Endura to our Helmets for 2016 page.

September 26
Updated parts of our Helmets for 2016 page after the Interbike trade show.

September 11

September 6
Added a Mayo Clinic study of injuries vs. helmets to our page of Journal studies.

September 6
Posted a Livall recall notice on our Recalls page.

September 1
Sent an Update newsletter: SAHN recalls Classic skate-style helmet.

August 31
Added Vancouver's Mobi system to our page on shared bicycle systems providing helmets.

August 31
Posted new 2015 fatality and injury data on our statistics page.

August 20

August 19
Added Eco to our pages on folding helmets and Helmets for 2016.

August 13
Updated our page on folding helmets with new models and photos.

August 1
Added the Thousand Helmet brand to our Helmets for 2016 page.

July 4
Added a note that Shimano has purchased Lazer.

June 28
Published a review of the Consumer Reports 2016 helmet article
And sent out an Update newsletter.

June 28
Added two new Scott models to our page on Helmets for 2016.

June 26
Corrected an error on our All Ages Helmet Laws page.

June 6

May 16
Sent an Update newsletter: Schwinn recalls infant helmet.

April 14
Sent an Update newsletter: Rollerblade recalls Maxxum skate helmet.

April 11
Added another story to our crashes page.

April 3

March 21
Added another story to our crashes page.

March 17
Updated our page on spoofed email messages.

March 16
Updated and reformatted our page on helmet opposition.

March 4
Updated Opti-Cool's pricing on our special needs page.

February 27
Updated our page on helmet safety videos.

February 26
Added a link to BRAIN's article on the sale of Bell to Vista Sports.

February 19
Added a new helmet law in Fairfax City, VA to our page on helmet laws.

February 8
Added a new negative blog post to our page responding to negatives on helmets.

January 31
Added statistics from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons to our Stats page.

January 29

January 29
Updated our page on the Kranium helmet and linked to litigation.

January 25
Cleaned up the top of our home page.

January 24
Added the extra large OGK Steair-X to our page on fitting Asian heads.

January 20
Posted a link to Cellutech's new wood-based helmet on our Helmet Liners page.

January 12
Posted info on CPSC's new regulations robot on our Importing Helmets to the US page.

January 1, 2016




2015


December 30

December 29

November 23
Posted advice on Helmets for hoverboards.

October 9
Revised and updated our Helmets for Electric Bicycles page.

September 27

September 22

August 23
Updated our server hits page.

August 13
Added new data to our Stats page.

July 26
Began tests washing helmets in a dishwasher.

July 20

May 22
Added new evidence of helmet longevity to our Replacement advice.

May 12
Added new NHTSA fatality and injury data to our Stats page.

May 1
Sent an Update and posted a page: Consumer Reports helmet article.

March 7
Updated our site design to improve response to mobile devices.

February 27
Updated our stats page with newly available 2013 data.

February 19
Posted a new page on all-ages helmet laws.

February 19
Added links to radio interviews on California's proposed all-ages helmet law.

February 13
Sent an Update: Scott recalls Vanish Evo.

January 1
Posted our program for 2015 and our budget for 2015.

January 1, 2015




2014


December 23

December 15
Posted our page on Helmets for 2015 and sent an Update.

December 12
Sent an Update: Uvex Recall.

November 12
Added new confirmation of BHSI's analysis to our page on the Walker study of passing clearances.

October 15
Sent an Update: Anti-concussion Helmets.

October 13

October 13

October 9
Updated our Site Map.

October 8

September 20
Added new products to our page on cleaning helmets.

September 17
Sent an Update: Interbike 2014 report.

September 17
Posted our summary Interbike 2014 report.

August 1
Updated our page on MIPS slip-planes.

August 1
Updated new mid-year models in Helmets for 2014.

June 14
Posted a four page version of the coloring book we send out on larger paper.

May 14
Posted the announcement of founder Randy Swart's Award of Merit from ASTM.

May 2
Added new enthusiastic links to DOT's new Bicycle Safer Journey site: a 2014 upgrade of resources for classroom instruction on basic bicycle safety, including helmets.

March 17
Posted new studies on our page on journal articles.

February 22

January 1, 2014
Updated our program plans for 2014, our 2014 budget projections, all of our handouts, our pamphlets and many other pages.





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