Motorcycle helmets recalled

Over 1,000 potentially dangerous motorcycle helmets were recently recalled after testing by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) found they were unsafe and did not meet the Australian/New Zealand Standard 1698:2006 Protective helmets for vehicle users.

CFA representative Prof Raphael Grzebieta is on the Standards Australia Technical Committee CS-076 Protective helmets for vehicle users which is currently revising a number of amendments to the standard.  The primary purpose of this Standard is to provide a specification for protective helmets for motor cyclists and users of other motor vehicles. The Standard also provides a basis for helmets used in motor sports where speed is a determining factor.

Consumers are encouraged to make a complaint about breaches of mandatory product safety standards through the ACCC’s Reporting Unsafe Products portal. When consumer products are identified as unsafe they are recalled from the market.  A consumer product safety recall occurs when a problem, that may mean that the consumer good presents a hazard, is identified. Recall of potentially unsafe consumer products are listed on Product Safety Recalls on the ACCC website.

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