Warning over unsafe motorcycle helmets
Peterborough City Council Trading Standards has issued a warning to motorcyclists over potentially unsafe helmets.
A small quantity of the helmets were seized from a local supplier in the Peterborough area as part of an ongoing investigation, but city council Trading Standards officers are concerned they may have been sold elsewhere.
Officers are urging anyone who has bought one to stop using it immediately and return it to their supplier. The helmets concerned are Jiekai model JK 100 or JK 1000.
Tests on some of the recovered helmets found they failed impact tests, failed to absorb energy and therefore give proper protection to the wearer and the chin straps could be pulled apart by hand.
Peter Stonely, Principal Trading Standards Officer, said: “As someone who does ride a motorcycle I am shocked by these results.
“Although our local supplier has co-operated with us to take this product off the market, we are concerned that consumers may have bought these from other sources.
“The helmets that we had tested are labelled as Model JK 100 on the packaging and JK 1000 on the helmet, they also have a label fixed on the back of the helmet with the numbers ‘GB811-1998’ - this is not a legal safety mark for the European Union.
“Although we not able to comment on any other Jiekai helmets, I urge all consumers who think they have bought one of these helmets to stop using them and check with their suppliers immediately.
“If in doubt, do not use these helmets, they will not meet the legal standards, so you are breaking the law by wearing them and they put you at real risk of unnecessary injury in the event of an accident.”
A sample of the helmets seized by Trading Standards officers were tested and the results revealed that:
- The chin straps were too narrow and could be pulled apart by hand – a force way below the test load for a safe product
- The chin strap had a chin cup which is not allowed by the European safety standard as it makes the helmet more likely to come off in the event of an accident
- The helmets failed the impact tests – in fact they were destroyed within two impacts and could not go through the full five impacts testing – sadly in a real accident the wearer could face more than one impact
- The helmets failed to absorb much energy from the impacts therefore the wearer would have little protection in the event of an accident increasing the risk of brain injury or death
Note to editors
Peter Stonely, Principal Trading Standards Officer is available for interview on Tuesday May 13.
Sound clips of Peter reading out parts of the statement are also available.
Contact Mike Roberts, Media Officer, on 01733 452578
DATE: 13 May 2014