Mini DOT Approved Helmets

Good looking Mini DOT helmets are a rare find. Just be careful with vendors affixing a DOT approved sticker in an otherwise novelty helmet, except if you want to confuse who you know. Your problem, not mine. Anyway, Mikes Helmets promises in his website that these 2 shells are perfectly legal. They are just a little bit larger, by about 10%, than their novelty counterparts. Made out of lighweight figerglass, cost $54.95, and even a little bit less if you call on my behalf. Mikes Helmets.

32 Responses to “Mini DOT Approved Helmets”

  1. 1 2107 1/2 Colquitt St Jun 27th, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    The link to Mike Helmets is no good.

    Thanks Rex

  2. 2 Cyril Jun 27th, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    The link works for us!

  3. 3 sam Jun 27th, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    learn to use a computer you idiot!!!

  4. 4 T Jun 27th, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    What’s with the visor?
    Am I stuck in the 70’s

  5. 5 Mike Greenwald Jun 27th, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    DOT does not approve helmets.

  6. 6 Mike Greenwald Jun 27th, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    FMVSS 218 specifies requirements of how helmets are tested and labeled.

    During each year the government purchases about 40 helmets. The entire model of a helmet can be disapproved on a list that is published the following year.

    This means that a purchaser could buy a helmet and operate under good faith that the helmet was compliant with the DOT requirements set forth in FMVSS 218 and at the same time be purchasing a helmet that failed.

    Quality control and compliance is self regulated by the manufacurers. This means that if a manufacturer puts the labeling inside and outside the helmet that the helmet is supposed to be good. What in fact happens is that a particular model of helmet will have been found to fail or be noncompliant and the manufacturer will discontinue that helmet by changing the graphics and the interior upholstery fabric and offer it as a new model of helmet. The helmet that failed still carries the DOT stickers and people still buy up those non-compliant helmets.

    In cases of fatalities involving helmets, it is nearly impossible to litigate with ot sue a manufacturer. They will not respond because they are not obligated by the laws of our courts to respond. When the suit is brought forth in the company’s home country, more often than not, the lawsuit is dismissed because the foreign courts feel that Americans are lawsuit crazy and therefore not entitled to any money.

    The government has never printed a list of compliant helmets. The Government cannot make any objective standards for helmets without taking on liability, and since they [the government] are expressly forbidden from taking on any liability, they can never make an objective standard for helmet. There it is. Without an objective standard it all becomes ad hoc and arbitrary; ad hoc and arbitrary is the foundation of vague law; vague law is unconstitutional

    No consumer nor law enforcement agency can prove with certainty which helmets will pass and which will not pass. The testing for helmets is destructive and ruins or destroys the helmet.

    The deception or lie that MIKES HELMETS is telling the consumer is that they sell DOT approved or DOT certified helmets. There is no such thing as a DOT approved or DOT certified helmet.

  7. 7 Mike Greenwald Jun 27th, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Attached is the latest list of recalls for FMVSS 218, and a raw data file.

    As you know, the government does not have a list of helmets deemed
    compliant by make and model number, and it makes no list of helmets, by
    make and model number, which have been deemed no compliant. The closest
    anyone ever hears of a helmet make and model deemed not compliant is
    from the recalls database. Test results will not work. There is no
    list, and it is not an east task for the average person to make one from
    the raw data, because it is loaded with all other recalls from all other

    From the list of all raw data for all recalls, I was able to grab only
    the data pertaining to helmets. That’s what the text file is – only
    helmets. I loaded it all into a spreadsheet and grabbed only the data
    which best represents information pertinent to the make and model and
    recall, and sorted it by the report creation date, which might be a
    useful presentation for courtroom appearances.

    There are a lot of different things to note. Primarily though, there are
    some new additions to the list.

    1.79 Million potential units affected.
    354,000 units have no date from the manufacturer of when they are going
    to notify customers.
    As you know the NHTSA has wording for consumers to keep using them
    unless notified by the manufacturer to stop.
    The total number of units which have been fully accounted for, by NHTSA,
    continues to remain somewhere between 0 and unknown, as is the number of
    recalled helmets people are wearing on their heads.

  8. 8 Gerald B. Jun 27th, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    It has to be the most intelligent online motorcycle magazine. Every day I learned something very interesting. Thank you Mike Greenwald for your expert input on d.o.t. helmets. Thank you Cyril for being educative and entertaining. Love this blog.

  9. 9 Mike Greenwald Jun 27th, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    This blog has many international readers and for their benefit and others that may not be aware of it, I will clarify the safety gear difference here.

    In Europe, TUV is a safety testing body which must approve all helmets through extensive testing before they are released to market.

    In the USA, DOT never approves helmets. DOT testing under the guidance of NHTSA only fails helmets after they are released to market.

    Many riders that have been cited/ticketed for novelty helmets or non-compliant helemets have been misinformed by law enforcement that either does not understand FMVSS218 or they are bullying an unsuspecting rider and passenger for helmet violations.

  10. 10 2107 1/2 Colquitt St Jun 28th, 2008 at 3:55 am


    The link did not work when I tried it this morning. I did a lookup on the URL and pinged the IP address. It is now working.

    You might try to a little more nicer on this forum you A$$.

  11. 11 bob Jun 28th, 2008 at 9:36 am

    so from what Mike has provided, you don’t know if you have a ‘good’ helment or the equivalent of a cooking pot on your head.

    how about a football helmet, would that be ok?

  12. 12 burnout Jun 28th, 2008 at 9:59 am

    wear a helmet, open casket, no helemt, closed casket. peace

  13. 13 Mike Greenwald Jun 28th, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    I am certain that you are aware and well informed that many critical injuries are a direct result of helmet usage and have willingly assessed that risk. I am also certain that you have assessed the risk that an overwhelming majority of first responders do not know what to do with a motorcycle crash victim that is wearing a helmet. Based upon your insight and knowledge, you have made a choice what is best for yourself. This is an offshoot of the initial topic about whether or not DOT has a list of approved helmets, which they do not.

    Possibly, Cyril will choose to have that discussion somewhere else on this blog.

    Should any readers wish to respoind off list or wish to have more information about any of the helmet related issues contained herein, Cyril will either provide you with my contact information or forward your questions and comments to me.

    I realize that many readers do not speak up for reasons of public criticism or condemnation about their position taken in a public forum such as this. I will keep your names and comments in confidence.

  14. 14 Mike Greenwald Jun 28th, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    A Tribute to Kevin, “The Torch”

    Kevin Dimmick, BOLT member died on September 30, 2007

    Jackie Suthers, State Director of BOLT of Nevada, wrote the following about Kevin:

    Kevin was an amazing person to say the very least. Complicated but amazing.

    When I first met him in May, 2001, he scared the living daylights out of me. He was gruff, in your
    face, questioning why he was in Nevada and what these Nevada people stood for. His first question to
    me was, and I quote, “What do you have that makes you BOLT material?” I was very forthright and
    replied “Hell if I know. My man hates wearing a helmet, so do I and we thought we might make a
    difference.” He hugged me. We’ve been friends since.

    Do not get me wrong, Kevin and I fought on a regular basis. He was very, very smart – a real
    intellectual. Me, not so much. Kevin became my translator. I would read something, make notes, and
    Kevin would tell me what it was in simple terms. I also relied heavily on Monty to interpret law for
    me. Yep, I was a woman with three teachers – Ted for logic, Monty for law and Kevin for everything
    else. I am a very lucky woman.

    There were many times that Kevin would call me and I would not answer – a phone call with Kevin
    never lasted less than an hour. But there were many more times I did take his calls – I regret the calls
    that I avoided. I learned more about HIV, AIDS, cancer, helmet laws, California law, NHTSA rulings
    and more through Kevin. He would dumb it down for me – put it into terms I understood. I am going to
    miss that so very much. Kevin could actually speak “Jackie” – a rare skill.

    Kevin came to Battle Mountain once for a visit, and we had a great time. His bike broke down – a
    gasket issue, so since he couldn’t ride, he had to help us with the garden – sunflowers, beets, potatoes
    and onions. He really did have a good time. Then we went into the desert and he found a horned toad,
    captured it and took it to a friend in California.

    In June of 2007 the Motorcycle Rider’s Foundation had the Best of the West event in Elko, Nevada.
    Don Blanscet and Kevin were coming out for it. Kevin said he was bringing a female friend. Knowing
    Kevin, this sort of scared of me. You never knew what to expect from Kevin. He assured me that I
    would like her. I didn’t believe him.

    Turns out that once again Kevin was right. Ted and I REALLY liked Barb. She loved our animals,
    gardens, Nevada, and we talked for a long time. We also found another side of Kevin. He no longer
    had enough brass to be his own band, he worked very hard to make her comfortable, to be sure she
    had a good time, and that she was the belle of the ball in his world. It was amazing, amusing and so

    This is a side of Kevin we had sensed all along, but had only witnessed now and then. He would do
    whatever anyone wanted, on his terms of course, but he was always there for a friend, and even for a
    stranger. He just didn’t want it advertised.

    In July of 2007 he called and told us he had lung cancer. He was rather okay with it. I was mad, Ted
    was not pleased. Kevin had a plan. We went with the plan. HIV and cancer are very similar – they eat
    away at you. Kevin had had HIV for a long time. The two would kill each other, or so we hoped. He
    was right – HIV will kill cancer.

    In early August he called us and said he wanted to get married. Okay, we planned a wedding. We had
    met Barb and liked her. They were married on August 11, 2007 in Virginia City, Nevada. It was a
    fantastic weekend. They were a great couple. Kevin was smiling and full of joy and love. Barb was
    cute, a beautiful bride, and life was good.

    It was a BOLT wedding. I told Barb she had married into a very big family – the BOLT family. Don
    Blanscet almost got us thrown out of the chapel, Mark Temple took the photos, Sandra Temple, such a
    lady, was the audience. A great day. I admitted early on that I cry at weddings, and Kevin asked me
    to try not to. I did really well until the judge said ‘until death do you part’. Kevin had been dying since
    I met him, and that really struck me hard. For the first time it occurred to me that Kevin was going to
    die, and I really didn’t want him to. His reality and mine are very different. I just hadn’t seen that yet,
    even though he had explained it over and over again to me.

    When Kevin left us, his mother called me and I really didn’t want to call her back. I’m a mom too, and
    losing a child is a pain I do not want to experience again, and a pain that I didn’t know I could deal with
    for another mom. It turns out that Madge Dimmick is much like Kevin. Easy to talk to, smart and she
    loved her son. Within five minutes, I wanted to ease her pain, knew Barb could, and I also knew that I
    would do anything to help her. Madge Dimmick has her memories of Kevin, and she is willing to share
    them with all of us. She asked me many questions about Kevin’s biker life and I shared what I could.
    She told me things about Kevin I never would have expected.

    But at the same time, Madge and I agreed on many things – Kevin was really intelligent. If it had not
    been for the ADHD, he would have been an excellent teacher. We agreed that Kevin was loyal,
    almost to a fault; very dedicated to what he believed in; an extremist – if he felt strongly about
    something he would give that cause his all; but most importantly, Kevin was a true believer that hard
    work and dedication would pay off.

    Kevin also believed he was put on this earth for a reason. Madge, Ted, Barb and I agree that this was
    true. He fought many physical battles, more intellectual battles, and he did serve a purpose. Kevin
    made great strides in HIV research, cancer research, helmet law research, and, most importantly, he
    left us all still fighting.

    Now, Kevin has left us all physically. Like Quig, he lives in infamy. He was one of the first Bikers of
    Lesser Tolerance members in California, he was an integral part of the Helmet Law Defense League.
    He was a member of Bikers of Lesser Tolerance of Nevada. He earned tickets to fight the helmet
    law. He fought in the courts to get his HIV POS license plate, which he won. He took on the Veteran’s
    Administration to be sure he got what he believed was his due, and won again. He was working on
    another angle to the helmet law nationally, and he had emailed Ted and me with other things to work
    on in Nevada and nationally.

    Kevin fought his cancer and on his own terms. He would not give up, and because of his faith we didn’t
    give up on him. He took his medical treatment into his own hands, along with some great and
    innovative doctors, and he literally blew the tumor in his lung apart. This was radical – just the way
    Kevin wanted it to be. But all aspects could not be anticipated and the treatment was worse than the
    cure and we lost Kevin.

    I repeat, we lost Kevin physically, but we still have the mental and metaphysical Kevin with us. He will
    be really angry if any one of us stops doing what we were working with him on due to his death. If he
    sees us slacking, he will make it known that we are screwing up. How many of us want Kevin Dimmick
    haunting us?

    Kevin, you were loved, respected and admired in life, and are loved, respected and admired in death. I
    just wish we could have said this to you before you had to leave. Personally, I am grateful that you left
    in mid-stream. You were on your beloved bike, taking care of business and I am sure that you were
    more shocked and angry than all of us that you had to leave.

    You fought the good fight to the end. Thank you my dear friend for everything and everyone you gave
    me. Just as you would want it, I am in your debt, and I like it that way. I bear your name on my arm,
    right below your friend and mentor (and mine) and I will think of you often with love, anger and regret.

    In the words of Colonel Zapata – “It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.” Rest now
    dear Kevin.


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    (a) The director, where the automotive repair dealer cannot show there was a bona fide
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    (1) Making or authorizing in any manner or by any means whatever
    any statement written or oral which is untrue or misleading, and which
    is known, or which by the exercise of reasonable care should be
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    False or Misleading Defined.

    In determining whether any advertisement, statement, or representation is false or
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    entirety as it would be read or heard by persons to whom it is designed to appeal.

    An advertisement, statement, or representation shall be considered to be false or misleading
    if it tends to deceive the public or impose upon credulous or ignorant persons.

    NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 9882 and 9884.19, Business and Professions Code.
    Reference: Sections 9884.7(1)(a) and (h), 9884.19 and 17500, Business and Professions
    OK. All that means, what? That means when you walk into any business in
    California that has a repair shop, and sells motorcycle safety helmets, ask them if
    they sell “DOT approved” helmets; if they say yes, the store has violated those
    laws. The store made a False and Misleading claim according to California law.

    Fraud. Making false or misleading statements. Helmet sellers have got to stop
    violating those laws, because they are perpetuating the hoax that the rogue law
    officers are using to violate the law and your rights. Selling helmets under false

    You should not get a ticket for not wearing an approved helmet when approved
    helmets don’t exist. And helmet salesmen should not be able to claim they sell
    approved helmets if approved helmets don’t exist.

    The helmet sellers are helping to expand the problem the police are creating when
    they ticket you for wearing a helmet that doesn’t meet the standard that only exists
    in the cop’s imagination.

    Know of a California shop that claims to sell ‘approved’ helmets?
    File a complaint with the Department of Consumer Affairs.

    This information and the above information posted by me has been a service of B.O.L.T.

  15. 15 bob Jun 29th, 2008 at 2:07 am

    that post was so long i got lost about a quarter of the way down.

  16. 16 Mike Greenwald Jun 29th, 2008 at 9:28 am

    sorry Bob,
    Wished I could have edited it. Read the last 5 paragraphs. Hopefully the history helped those that could read a little longer.

  17. 17 Michael Heller Jun 29th, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    This is Mike from Mikes Helmets.
    Just wanted to clear some things up.
    In the Motorcycle World –
    DOT Approved means that the Dept. of Transportation has come up with specifications that manufacturers should use to make the safest helmets possible. Manufacturers use the wording DOT Approved to let everyone know that they have followed the requirements and advice to make the safest helmets.
    I am only a wholesaler of these helmets and to say that I have lied or deceived people is just wrong.
    Thousands of helmet manufacturers and distributers use this DOT Approved because they followed the standards of DOT

  18. 18 Mike Greenwald Jun 29th, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    The term “DOT Approved” is a blatant and intentional deception or lie.

    Here is the truth from the NHTSA web site.
    9. How does a helmet get added to NHTSA’s approved helmet list?

    DOT or NHTSA does not “approve” motorcycle helmets, thus, there is no list of “approved” helmets. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has the statutory authority to issue Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) applicable to motor vehicles and items of motor vehicle equipment, including motorcycle helmets. The law establishes a self-certification process in which the motorcycle helmet manufacturers certify that their products are in compliance with FMVSS No. 218, which establishes minimum performance requirements that the products must meet. NHTSA enforces the standard by randomly selecting and purchasing motorcycle helmets from the marketplace and testing to the requirements of the standard at independent test labs.

    10. What requirements must be met by a manufacturer of conforming motorcycle helmets before its motorcycle helmets can be imported?

    Motorcycle helmets manufactured for on-road use cannot be lawfully imported into the U.S. unless they were originally manufactured to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 218, Motorcycle Helmets, and bear a symbol certifying such compliance. The labeling requirements are specified in FMVSS No. 218 and the symbol DOT on the helmet constitutes the manufacturer’s certification that the helmet conforms to the standard. In addition, the helmet’s manufacturer is required to:

    * submit to NHTSA identifying information about itself and the products it manufactures to the FMVSS (as required by 49 CFR Part 566), and
    * designate a U.S. resident as its agent for service of process (as required under 49 CFR 551.45) if it is not located in the U.S.

    Links to CFR Parts 551 and 566 can be found below.

    11. How should the HS-7 form be completed when importing motorcycle helmets?

    The importer of a motorcycle helmet must file an HS-7 Declaration form with Customs at the time of entry if the helmet is manufactured for on-road use. To be imported without restriction, a motorcycle helmet must be manufactured to comply with FMVSS No. 218 and bear a permanently affixed DOT symbol certifying such compliance by the helmet’s original manufacturer. Such a helmet is entered under Box 2A on the HS-7 Declaration form.

    12. What are NHTSA’s penalties for importing non-compliant helmets or failing to cooperate with an investigation?

    A person may not manufacture for sale, sell, offer for sale, introduce or deliver for introduction in interstate commerce, or import into the United States, any motorcycle helmet for on-road use unless the helmet complies with FMVSS No. 218. A person that violates this regulation is liable to the United States Government for a civil penalty of not more than $5,000 for each violation. A separate violation exists for each motorcycle helmet that does not comply with the standard. The maximum penalty for a related series of violations is $16,050,000.

    Furthermore, NHTSA is authorized to conduct any investigation that may be necessary to enforce Chapter 301 of Title 49, U.S. Code and requires a manufacturer to make reports to NHTSA if requested. A manufacturer’s failure to respond promptly and fully to such a request could subject the manufacturer to civil penalties pursuant to 49 U.S.C. § 30165 or lead to an action for injunctive relief pursuant to 49 U.S.C. § 30163. Under 49 U.S.C. § 30165, NHTSA is authorized to impose penalties up to $5,000 per day for failure to provide requested information in accordance with 49 U.S.C. § 30166.

    13. Some other links that may be useful for motorcycle helmet importers

    FMVSS No. 218 (scroll down and click on 571.218):

    Test procedure (click on FMVSS 218):

    Compliance testing labs (look for FMVSS 218):

    Part 566, Manufacturer’s Identification:

    Part 551.45, Agent of Service:

    Other related laws:

  19. 19 Mr Reality Jun 30th, 2008 at 8:23 am

    Let tell it like it is. Let’s assume everyone reading this blog rides in some fashion on two wheels. Assuming this, I think we can all admit that if we crash or get t-boned at 40, 50, 90 MPH we are going to be seriously f’ed up whether we have a DOT sticker on our helmet or God forbid no helmet at all. That said, wear what you want or nothing at all and exercise your right as an American to make your own decisions on your freedom to make your own decisions.

  20. 20 Mike Greenwald Jun 30th, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Does death with a helmet on make a difference to your God?

  21. 21 rc Jun 30th, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    “I am only a wholesaler of these helmets and to say that I have lied or deceived people is just wrong. Thousands of helmet manufacturers and distributes use this DOT Approved because they followed the standards of DOT.”

    But the statement that you have been complicit in perpetuating government propaganda that may lead to generating in the new motorcyclist a false sense of security that does more to lead to increases in MC fatalities than decrease them would be correct.

    The question, did you lie or did you just repeat NHTSA’s lie enters you into unwritten agreement to absolve each other from responsibility.

    This thread could well be retitled “The citizens role in keeping government honest,” or maybe the “personal consequences of relying on government and/or corporations to take care you”.

    Who is responsible for the oversite that resulted in out markets being inundated with lead based painted toys, tainted dog food, unchecked salmonella among other things. The corporation or the government? Or the public?

    Is it incumbent upon the reseller to question the standards the government uses? If an individual makes a profit of the motorcycling public, is it a dollar at any cost without question, or does the individual feel affinity enough with his/her customer/supporter to insure product being sold has been studied, tested, peer reviewed and the results published.

    Example the M$F is the dominant player in this country when it comes to Rider Training courses. They are nothing more than a front organization for the MIC and share websites with NHSTA and DOT. Despite the fact are little to no peer reviewed studies demonstrating the efficacy of the BRC that is required in many states prior to obtaining MC endorsement. IN fact there are studies that question as to whether the course in fact increases the likely hood of an individual being involved in a crash, See:

    But then the only way to avoid falling victim to and then fighting the skewed unreliable data put out by certain government bureaucracies and then parroted by the press is to, unlike Bob above discipline ones self to move beyond the 2 minute attention span and take responsibility for investigating the issues on which our lives depend upon.

    Note: This is not a pro or anti-helmet post. Just keep in mind the myopic focus on Helmets as being the panacea to reducing MC fatalities keeps people from addressing the real issues, such as failure to yield right of way, stiffer penalties, alcohol use/abuse, vehicle design, driver distraction, etc. Note that newspaper report re motorcycle fatalities often mention “the rider was not wearing a helmet” and rarely mentions “cause of death.” Which is the “Crash”!

    Exercising our right as Americans to choose how we wish to ride is liberty. Exercising our duty as Americans to insure the government is accountable is to insure we maintain that liberty. rc

  22. 22 Mike Greenwald Jul 1st, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Mike Heller,
    You have misinterpreted the law.

    The Attorney General’s Office is an enforcing authority of Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, which is meant to protect individual consumers and legitimate businesses from various types of illegal conduct in trade or commerce. Pursuant to the Act, the attorney general investigates and files civil actions against persons who engage in unfair methods of competition, unfair, unconscionable or deceptive trade practices, including, but not limited to, pyramid schemes, misleading franchise or business opportunities, travel scams, fraudulent telemarketing, and false or misleading advertising.

  23. 23 Mike Heller Jul 1st, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    I am getting pretty upset here.

    I am only a representative for other companies, I don’t import these and I don’t own any helmets, I only take orders for other companies that sell and manufacture helmets.

    I only use wording that they use and have advised me to use. I have not lied.
    None of this is my words or views, only talking for others.

  24. 24 Mike Heller Jul 1st, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Me and Michael Greenwald just had a long talk. All problems are put to rest.
    I was wrong about what DOT Approved meant, and have changed that on my website. What I meant was that my helmets have been tested by independent labs to ensure that they have been following specifications from DOT. ( They come up with what is the safest way to manufacture helmets)
    I have changed my wording to DOT Compliant, and will explain to everyone the information I have just found out.
    No helmet can be DOT Approved, only DOT Compliant which means they have followed procedures stated by DOT.
    I appreciate Mike Greenwald taking the time out to explain the mistake I was making. Mike

  25. 25 Mike Greenwald Jul 1st, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Mike Heller,

    You are a standup guy in the motorcycle business.

    Thank you for putting the truth into the motorcycle helmet business that there are NO “DOT Approved” helmets.

    I would like to link to your site Mike’s Helmets on my blog.

    Mike Greenwald

  26. 26 Mike Greenwald Jul 1st, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Truth in advertising still works today as it did years ago.
    I am glad that we were able to have such a good outcome to this.
    You have your credibility intact.
    Mike Heller comes across as an informed purveyor of helmets.
    and I feel good about everybody learning and understanding from the exchange of thoughts and ideas on your good blog.
    Thanks Cyril
    Mike Greenwald

  27. 27 rc Jul 1st, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    MIke H. congratulations on taking the red pill and be proud that you are one of the first to take this very important step towards increasing public awareness thus making your site one of credibility.

    My hope is that your business will be rewarded by taking this action. I to would also like to post a link to your site “Mikes Helmets” on my blog @

    We will also be writing a post congratulating you on your actions, thumbs up guy. rc

  28. 28 Patrick R. Jul 1st, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    I sell helmets as well. I appreciate the eye opening comments expressed on this blog. I too will be changing my description on my web site where DOT helmets are offered for sale. I have seen other description use the same claim…DOT compliant, but never paid too much attention. Thank you Mike, for the enlightening comments.

  29. 29 rc Jul 1st, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Patrick R. if you want let us know the name of your website so we can publicly thank you also for joining the ranks of those who are willing to educate their customers as opposed to perpetuating
    a myth that other than brief statements one has to search for is otherwise allowed to go unchallenged by the D.O.T.

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