Trek Helmets Fail Government Impact Absorption Tests
Featured in June’s Consumer Reports Bike feature is a disturbing article on Trek helmets. According to the article, the Trek Anthem C Elite and Anthem C Elite WSD, failed to meet the federal governmentâ€™s standard for impact absorption. Those results were confirmed by follow-up tests at an outside laboratory.
Three days after Consumer Reports contacted the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Trek released a public recall of these helmets. If you have one of these helmets, you can call Trek directly at 800-373-4594. Though a few helmets failed their tests, Consumer Reports did find a few helmets to recommend:
Most helmets did well in our impact and retention tests. The Bell Citi, Bell Slant, and Specialized Aurora adult helmets and the Bell Boomerang toddler helmet scored highest for impact absorption. The Bell Citi and Bell Slant adult models and Schwinn Intercept youth model are CR Best Buys.
Just like bikes, shoes, and other cycling gear, it is highly recommended that you get helmets from your local bike shop. By supporting your LBS, you know whatever you buy is going to fit properly and provide the proper protection.