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September 27, 1995

Helmets and Preventing Motorcycle and Bicycle Injuries: Comments and a Correction-Reply

Author Affiliations

Council on Scientific Affairs American Medical Association Chicago, Ill

JAMA. 1995;274(12):940-941. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530120031024

In Reply.  —Dr Resnick and colleagues concluded that after a long ride, 70% of 330 bicyclists' helmets did not meet three criteria of a satisfactory fit, mostly because their buckles were not fastened securely. This is somewhat surprising, because bicycle helmets must pass a strap-system integrity test before they are certified by the Snell Memorial Foundation or ANSI.1 The investigators did not say whether the bicyclists' helmets were certified or whether they might have loosened the straps and buckles during the long, hot ride.Resnick et al state that helmet manufacturers seem to be more concerned with helmet style, weight, and ventilation than with its fit. But those features themselves have much to do with the helmet's acceptability and use by the rider.We agree that bicycle helmets may be difficult to adjust to assure a snug fit. The person who sells the helmet has an obligation to instruct

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