More than half of all bicycle accident fatalities are attributed to head injuries. Wearing a bicycle helmet that is properly fitted and is approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission may reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury by as much as 88 percent.
Parents should first make sure that their child’s bicycle helmet has not been recalled by checking the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission web-site here.
A perfect fit is also crucial to providing protection against injury. A helmet should fit snugly on the head and sit forward, protecting the brow and it should be secured with a taut strap. Most reputable bicycle stores can help with helmet fit or check the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute’s information on How to Fit a Bicycle Helmet.