Bike helmets may protect children more than parents think

October 2, 2012 3:01:25 PM PDT
Bike helmets may protect children even more than parents think.

A new study on impact and crush testing shows that those helmets can reduce -- by up to 87 percent -- the acceleration experienced by the skull during an impact.

They can also help the skull resist forces up to 470 pounds in a crush accident.

The study in the journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics was to provide scientific evidence for the sometimes neglected belief that helmets significantly increase children's safety.