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‘Blauer BET’: Helmets with new European safety standards – News

Steelbird has launched a new line of helmets called ‘BLAIR BET’. The new helmet range is in line with the brand’s motto of making the life of the rider safe. The Bloer BET helmets meet the new European Safety Standards – ECE 22.06 and provide complete protection. It is noteworthy that the new European Safety Standard – ECE 22.06 will be compulsorily applicable in India and the world from January 2024. ECE 22.05 was replaced by ECE 22.06 in June 2020 and .05 or .06 No. 22 relates to any specific amendments and changes to the regulation.

The standard requires a helmet to pass a full series of tests called HIC (Head Injury Criteria). The head of a dummy wore a helmet with an accelerometer inside to analyze the maximum acceleration to assess the damage to the head in the event of an accident. Testing includes shock absorption, retention system and unseating of the helmet. An equal condition for vision should ensure safety and quality of vision. The manufacturer performs the test and then submits the report to an external certified laboratory for testing. The changes will affect the impact test and how the effect occurs.

Currently, the load affecting the helmet is with a pre-determined speed and affects the front, top, rear, side and chin guards. With the new standard, other points of impact apart from each other will be added, not only on the central line, but an additional point per sample. With ECE 22.06, the speed of impact will also change, and it will slow down, in addition to the already established one. ECE 22.05 envisages a flat anvil in the shape of the pavement for a speed of 7.5 m/s (28 km/h) from a height of 7.5 m and an impact against a curbstone, which becomes 5.5 m.

With the new ECE 22.06 norms the impact will be at 5.5 and 8.5 m. Helmet accessories like integrated sun visors will have standards they need to meet to pass the test. The testing procedures themselves have been changed with the latest science being applied to this process. Impact tests will look at hard and fast impacts as well as low speed impacts. There will also be a new angle station introduced for impact testing.

The EPS is also available in multiple densities, hence it provides more safety to the rider despite being of lesser weight. The new rules will come into effect from January 2024, which gives manufacturers time to produce helmets to meet the new standards. After January 2024, riders can still legally wear their ECE 22.05 helmet, but any new helmet supplied by the manufacturer to a distributor or retailer must be certified as ECE 22.06.

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