Certifiable Bike "Expert"
Join Date: May 2005
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I honestly don't feel like helmets are "necessary" in a bike trailer. I suppose they could protect the child more if you flipped the trailer or something hit it. The purpose of a helmet is to protect the head from an impact, right? I have flipped my trailer with a kid in it...
If the kid is strapped into a car seat, then, clearly, no helmet is needed. But most "experts" say kids shouldn't ride in trailers if they are under one year of age. Brains get scrambled by the bumps is the best explanation I've heard why. Again, I'm skeptical, but I have played it safe.
In many places, helmets are legally required, even in trailers. Also, they may be required by the spousal unit.