Frequent question: What is the life of a bike helmet?

Do bike helmets really expire?

The quick and easy answer is that a bike helmet does not have an expiration date, but should be replaced every 5 years. The Snell Memorial Foundation is a group that have been testing and setting safety standards for all types of protective gear.

How do you know when your bike helmet expires?

Manufacturers recommend replacement, no matter how it looks, every 7 years from the production date and after 5 years of use. To check when your helmet was manufactured, look inside to find a date stamp. A label will have the date printed in the format – YY/MM/DD format.

How long is a helmet good for?

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, for example, advises that unless manufacturers recommend otherwise, you should get a new helmet every five to 10 years.

What do you do with old bike helmets?

Most local recycling programs don’t want mixed materials. So your best solution may be to take the helmet apart, put the plastic shell in your plastic recycling, break up the EPS foam for use as packing material or a soil amendment, and pitch the strap and buckle in the trash.

How long do Giro helmets last?

We make a general recommendation of replacing a helmet every three to five (3-5) years depending on use and handling.

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Should I replace my bike helmet after a crash?

For starters, most people are aware that you must replace a helmet after any crash where your head hit. The foam part of a helmet is made for one-time use, and after crushing once it is no longer as protective as it was, even if it still looks intact. … Cracks in the foam always require replacement of the helmet.

How long do bike helmets last Canada?

He explains most manufacturers recommend replacing helmets every three years. Over time the protective foam can become brittle.