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NHTSA Warns Against Potentially Defective Motorcycle Helmets

By Lipton Law on June 20, 2012 - No comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued warnings to motorcyclists: Avoid the 5×5 SA-08 motorcycle helmet. These helmets do not meet federal safety and protection requirements and may not provide the protection you need if you’re in a motorcycle accident.

The SA-08 is currently the only 5×5 brand helmet the NHTSA has warned against wearing. About 14,000 of the helmets have been sold in the United States since a California company, Tank Sports Inc., began importing them.

During federal safety testing, three of the four helmets tested were penetrated by objects or debris in situations in which federally-approved helmets would not have suffered such severe damage. Damage occurred to both the helmet’s outer shell and its inner lining. In an actual crash, the easy penetration of the helmet could cause serious injuries or even death, when a helmet that meets federal safety standards may provide life-saving protection.

The importing company was unable to complete the NHTSA’s product recall process before it filed for bankruptcy. In place of the recall, the NHTSA issued the official warning so that consumers who had purchased the helmets would be aware of the potential safety issues and be able to take steps to protect themselves by choosing a helmet that meets federal safety standards instead.

Motorcycle helmets can decrease your chances of death or serious injury, but you can’t prevent every possible crash. If you or someone you love is injured in a motorcycle accident, a knowledgeable Genesee County motorcycle accident attorney at Lipton Law is here to help. Call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free case evaluation.