October 24, 1985 |
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.
May 6, 1999 |
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.
April 2, 1991 |
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.
April 14, 1989 |
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.
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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.
March 20, 1990 |
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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July 2, 1993 |
A state appeals court has unanimously upheld California's law requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets, concluding that the statute is in society's best interest and not overly intrusive. Associate Justice Sheila Prell Sonenshine of the 4th District Court of Appeal, who wrote the 3-0 decision released Thursday, declared that the state has the right to enact restrictions, such as the helmet law, that govern public safety.