manufacturer Steelbird Hi-tech India (SBHT) has introduced a new range of helmets
namely “Blauer BET”. The biggest highlight of Blauer BET helmets is that they
meet the new European Safety Standards-'ECE 22.06'.
is also worthwhile to mention that the new European Safety Standards-ECE 22.06
will be a mandate in India and the world with effect from January 2024.
will become amongst the first brands to embrace the initiative by launching
these helmets with the new safety standards way before they get implemented in
India. To give a background, ECE 22.05 was replaced with ECE 22.06 in June
2020; the .05 or .06 pertains to specific revisions and amendments to the No.
standard requires a helmet to pass a series of tests, called HIC (Head Injury
Criterion). A dummy’s head wore the helmet that has accelerometers inside to
analyse the maximum acceleration to calculate the damage suffered by the head
in the event of an accident. The test involves shock absorption, retention
systems and unseating of the helmet. A similar situation for the visor must
ensure protection and quality of vision. The manufacturer carries out the tests
and then submits the reports for checks to an external certified laboratory.
changes will affect the impact test and how the impact occurs. Currently, the
weight that impacts the helmet occurs with a pre-set speed and affects the
front, top, back, side and chin guard. With the new standard, other points of
impact will be added, not only on the centerlines but also an extra point per
sample, different from each other.
accessories such as integrated sun visors will have standards that they will
need to meet to pass testing. The testing procedures themselves have been
overhauled with the latest science being applied to the process.
impact tests will see harder and faster impacts being created as well as
low-speed impacts too. There will also be a new angle rotation introduced to
the impact test. The EPS is also in multiple densities hence providing much
more protection in lesser weight.
new regulations 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 a manufacturer to a distributor or retailer will have to be
certified as ECE 22.06.
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