A Heads Up on DOT, ECE 22.05 & Snell Motorcycle Helmet Standards
Implementation of the latest revision to DOT helmet standards looms in May, 2013, so here’s a handy look at the three most common helmet performance standards. Buying a helmet may make you wonder about the various helmet safety certifications and changes that go into effect in May 2013 for the DOT helmet standard may make you wonder even more.
There are more than the three standards that we’ll cover here, but these are the ones you are most likely to see: DOT, ECE 22.05 and Snell. We don’t assume that one standard is superior to any of the others; rather the purpose is to show how the standards compare and where they apply. These motorcycle-helmet standards are not mutually exclusive; some helmets are certified to multiple standards.