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October 24, 1985 | JAMES GERSTENZANG, Times Staff Writer
The Pentagon said Wednesday that more than half of the new synthetic helmets it bought to replace the "steel pot" headgear worn for decades by U.S. soldiers are improperly assembled and have soft spots on the top. The Defense Logistic Agency purchased 761,000 of the new high-technology helmets for the Army and Marine Corps, and 461,000 were found to be defective. But Pentagon officials said that no decision has been made on whether to recall the helmets.
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BUSINESS
May 6, 1999 | ROBIN FIELDS, Robin Fields covers consumer issues for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-7810 and at robin.fields@latimes.com
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently released two surveys--one documenting hazards in child-care settings, the other tracking bike-helmet usage. The good news: 50% of bicyclists surveyed last year said they wore helmets, up from just 18% in 1991. The biggest improvement occurred among children under age 16. Almost 70% now say they wear helmets regularly. Bike crashes kill about 900 people a year and send about 567,000 people to hospital emergency rooms, the CPSC said.
NEWS
February 15, 1996 | BRENDA C. COLEMAN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Fewer than one in six children who rides a bicycle wears a helmet most of the time, but the rate is better than only a decade ago. A 1991 survey by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission found that about 15% of 26.4 million bicyclists younger than 15 used helmets more than half the time. It is the only national survey on bicycle helmet use among children. In the late 1980s, only about one in 20 young cyclists donned protective headgear, said Gregory B.
NEWS
April 2, 1991 | JERRY GILLAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid a claim that supporters were acting like "self-appointed nannies," the Assembly on Monday approved legislation to require motorcycle riders in California to wear safety helmets. Gov. Pete Wilson is expected to sign the bill into law if it is approved by the Senate, where a majority is believed to favor the measure. Wilson co-sponsored similar legislation when he was a U.S. senator. Former Gov. George Deukmejian vetoed two attempts to institute a mandatory state motorcycle helmet law.
NEWS
April 14, 1989 | JERRY GILLAM, Times Staff Writer
The Assembly on Thursday narrowly passed legislation that would require all motorcycle riders and their passengers to wear crash helmets. A 41-24 vote, the bare majority of Assembly membership required for approval, sent the bill to the Senate where passage also is expected. Gov. George Deukmejian vetoed similar legislation last year. But the sponsor of this year's bill, Assemblyman Richard Floyd (D-Carson), said he hoped the governor could be persuaded to sign the latest measure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1991
Motorcyclists opposed to the new mandatory helmet law filed an emergency petition Monday asking an appeals court to delay the law's scheduled Jan. 1 enforcement date. Wendy C. Lascher, the Ventura lawyer who represents four bikers from throughout the state, said she hopes the 4th District Court of Appeal will act on her request today. Last Friday, Lascher asked a Superior Court judge to block the law, contending that it violates motorcyclists' constitutional rights, but he refused.
BUSINESS
March 20, 1990 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What do jet fighter pilots and surgeons have in common? They both try to keep their attention riveted on their jobs and dislike distractions. Fighter pilots make use of a technology that projects information from the control panels of their jets onto the faceplates of their helmets, enabling them to see vital flight data at all times without taking their gaze off the horizon. A start-up company in San Clemente called FMX Vision Inc.
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