A helmet’s date of manufacture is usually printed on a sticker inside the helmet.
Bicycle industry recommendation is that a helmet should be replaced every 3 to 5 years, depending on climate and storage conditions. This is because the EPS foam that makes up the core of the helmet breaks down naturally over time. However, if your helmet is cracked or the strap broken, or if the helmet has been in an accident, it should be replaced immediately.
Unfortunately, bike helmets are not easy to recycle. Check with your helmet’s manufacturer to find out if they have a helmet recycling program.
For more information on bike helmets, check out the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute.
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