Who should you trust? Helmet makers dispute Consumer Reports findings

By Steve Frothingham

LONDON (BRAIN) — The maker of a helmet model that failed a recent Consumer Reports test said the results are “fake news.” He also questioned whether the publication’s in-house testing should be given more weight than the multiple national standards his helmets have been certified to pass.

Consumer Reports, operated by the non-profit organization Consumers Union, told BRAIN it stands by its tests, which it said are intended to identify differences between helmets, not to certify they reach a minimum level of performance.

CR announced July 2 that three helmets had failed its testing. The $199 Bontrager Ballista MIPS failed because its buckles broke, while a Woom youth helmet and a Morpher folding helmet each failed the magazine’s impact tests, which are similar to the CPSC test required for sale in the U.S. All three helmets are certified for sale in the U.S. according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission; the manufacturers said they passed multiple in-house and independent tests as well.

Jeff Woolf, founder and CEO of Morpher, told BRAIN that CR’s article giving the Morpher helmet a “Don’t Buy-Safety Risk” rating will “wreck” his company.

He said he has sold tens of thousands of Morpher helmets, which …read more

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