There is growing evidence that the new crop of hyper-ventilated helmets that are so popular these days are potentially less safe than traditional smooth-shelled designs. These “racing” helmets may pass the current Consumer Product Safety Commission drop tests, but accident reports suggest their squared-off edges and aerodynamic “tail” can grab the road, increasing the possibility of rotational brain damage, neck injuries, and helmet dislodgment. Both Consumer Reports and the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute are recommending more traditional “commuter” style helmets with smooth, rounded shells and fewer vents. The Bell Citi for example, received Consumer Report’s highest safety rating and a “Best Buy” designation. Follow the links below for more information.