Virginia Tech and IIHS rate bike helmets on safety

By Stephen Frothingham

The testing found a range of safety performance within helmets that meet CPSC standards.

BLACKSBURG, Va. (BRAIN) — Virginia Tech and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have collaborated on a bike helmet rating system based on its own laboratory testing.

The program tested 30 adult helmets, looking at road-style models and urban style models and rating them from one star to five states. Four earned the highest rating of 5 stars, two earned 2 stars, and the rest were in the 3-4-star range. Of the four 5-star helmets in the initial test group, all are equipped with a Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS). This technology creates a low-friction layer inside the helmet.

“Our goal with these ratings is to give cyclists an evidence-based tool for making informed decisions about how to reduce their risk of injury,” said Steve Rowson, director of the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab and an associate professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics. “We also hope manufacturers will use the information to make improvements.”

All the helmets passed CPSC standards. The Virginia Tech and IIHS program said it developed its own “more realistic” testing protocol. The Virginia Tech Helmet Lab currently rates football and hockey helmets, as well as soccer …read more

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