Future improvements to helmet performance standard heard “all over the world”
Not long ago, we covered the newest developments on the front of motorcycle helmet performance standards.
Since then, we’ve also shed some light on the results of independent laboratory tests of DOT “certified” helmets, which raised the question of whether the regulations should not be fine-tuned.
In June 2020, the Inland Transport Committee of the Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) approved the proposed revisions to UN Regulation 22 on protective helmets. The revisions would create ECE 22.06, replacing the current helmet standard referred to as ECE 22.05, effective 2023.
Strictly speaking, if you are a motorcyclist in the United States, the ECE helmet standards are not applicable, at least from the perspective of a regulatory mandate. Rather, the standard that applies is Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 218 from the Department of Transportation (DOT).
However, if you are one of our readers in any of the 64 countries around the world that have adopted the ECE 22.05 standard, the updates will apply directly to your equipment options.
Having said that, if you are a cyclist in the US, where the DOT standard is required, but not exclusive for your helmet options, you they can choose to wear helmets that have more than one certification.
For example, DOT and ECE 22.05 or DOT and Snell Memorial Foundation. If that’s your preference, then the new 22.06 standard will also apply to your driving equipment when the standard takes effect.
That’s good news. Here’s why: DOT standards don’t require helmet manufacturers to provide documentation showing that their products have actually been tested and passed tests on the standard. previous to be labeled “DOT Certified,” which suggests yes.
In fact, under current American law, there is no requirement that motorcycle helmets actually be tested by the manufacturer or any third party they choose, either before or after the helmet is marketed. That may be a factor as to why more than 40 percent of helmets bearing the “DOT Certified” label have failed performance tests since 2014, when they were tested by an outside lab.
The DOT standard is only enforced through limited post-marketing testing (very small sample size) by a third party under contract with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). If you prefer to wear a helmet and want a model that has been tested and proven to pass the appropriate certification tests, you may want to consider looking for a helmet that is certified under a system that requires the helmet to pass the tests. prior to to be labeled “compliant” in addition to bearing the DOT certified label.
Helmets that carry ECE certification cannot be labeled as compatible until later They pass all applicable tests performed by independent third-party laboratories. Similarly, helmets that are certified by the Snell Memorial Foundation cannot bear that label until later they pass the required performance tests.
For example, you could look for a helmet with the DOT / ECE 22.05 or DOT / Snell certification label. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the helmet has been tested to meet DOT standards, but it would indicate that the product has been tested for others.
What changes are coming in ECE 22.06? First, some background on the definition of helmet configurations in the regulations:
(J) Jet: helmet without any part to cover the lower part of the face. Uncovered face.
(NP) Jet: helmet with a removable or movable part that covers the lower part of the face that does not protect the chin. (It should be marked with a warning that the helmet does not provide chin protection.)
(P) Full face: Helmet with a removable, movable or integral (permanently attached) helmet part that covers the lower part of the face and is intended to protect the chin
(P / J) Modular helmet: means a helmet, equipped with a removable or movable lower protective cover, that meets the requirements for both conditions of use with or without a chin guard attached. Chin protection is only guaranteed with the lower face cover in place. On modular helmets, the restraint system tests should be performed in J and P configuration.
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