In a recent study done ranking each of the 50 states (and the District of Columbia) by motorcycle ownership per capita, South Dakota ranked the best. There are a total of 69,284 motorcycles registered in the state, according to the Department of Transportation, and with a total population of 816,598, when you do the math, […]
30,000-Plus Vega Helmets Recalled
Vega Helmet Corp. is recalling more than 30,000 XTS motorcycle helmets after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said people using the helmets may not be adequately protected in a crash, according to the NHTSA’s web site. The recall will start in late January and centers on large, extra-large and extra-extra-large (or XXL) helmets. The models in question were made between May 2011 and last October. Vega will replace the recalled helmets.
The NHTSA told Vega that four extra-large helmets didn’t meet safety standards when tested earlier this year. The company investigated and found that the helmets fell out of compliance partially due to changes in the model’s shell design. Vega told regulators that the helmet’s design would be reconfigured immediately.
According to a letter from an attorney representing the company to an NHTSA official, Vega admitted it doesn’t know precisely how many of the helmets failed to meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, so the company is recalling all of them.