A crash helmet is a vitally important personal safety device for every motorcyclist, whether riding as an official rider or just for the love of motorbikes. Guarantee the safety and comfort of crash helmets has always been VEMAR's absolute prerogative.
The regulations were all unified by the introduction of the ECE 22 STANDARD in 1972 regulating safety criteria for motorbike crash helmets. 5 subsequent amendments were then introduced until reaching the current version, identified since 2000 as the ECE 22.05 standard.
The normative presently provides for a series of standard tests:
• visor certification (transmittance, distortion…)
• test for falling off
• tests for dynamic strap stretching
• shell abrasion tests
• compression tests
• and above all the most well known test: crash testing on the shell at room temperature and under extreme conditions (-20°C, +50°C, with humidity).
The points receiving the blow have been well defined by the standard and correspond to the vital zones of a person's head (FRONT, TOP, REAR, RIGHT SIDE, LEFT SIDE, CHIN). The helmet is dropped from a height corresponding to the speed of a fall at 7.5 m/s. The PEAK acceleration parameter and the HIC parameter (both measured in multiples of g), are used to measure the effects of impact that must not exceed 275g and 2400HIC respectively.
It is therefore very important for users to always make sure they are wearing helmets with a certification label on them, certifying that it has passed a series of tests to ensure that it has been made to said safety standard. The procedure followed for applying the certification label is in fact divided up into the following steps:
certification with a certification company (after testing 5 helmets per size).
Production of the first batch of helmets from which the Certification Company selects 60 helmets at RANDOM to test for production qualification purposes.
Routine controls on each batch performed at a certified laboratory.
The certification label is practically an identity card for the helmet giving its characteristics for performance and safety, one should therefore know how to read it.
||E3= made in (Italy).
05: reference standard.
58919: file number.
/P: protective chin guard.
--004361= helmet production number.
(E3= Italy, E1= Germany, E9=Spain…..)
The ECE 22.05 is just one of the safety standards applied by VEMAR. VEMAR crash helmets are also effectively certified with all the other world standards, amongst which:
D.O.T., SNELL, A.S., SA2010, K2010, FIA 8858, FIA 8860, etc…