Certified Vs. Non- Certified Helmets. Why it's important.
CPSC works to reduce the risk of injuries and deaths from consumer products by:
- developing voluntary standards with industry
- issuing and enforcing mandatory standards; banning consumer products if no standard would adequately protect the public
- obtaining the recall of products and arranging for their repair, replacement or a refund
- conducting research on potential product hazards
- informing and educating consumers through the media, state and local governments, private organizations, and by responding to consumer inquiries.
The CPSC has standards that "Certified" Bicycle helmets must meet. We go above and beyond the CPSC rating and test our helmets for a Skateboarding standard which requires multiple impacts on the same location. Since the CPSC doesn't currently have any standards for skateboarding helmets we use the ASTM standard. The ASTM International is an international standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems, and services. Our helmets also pass one last test, CE EN 1078, which is for the European market for bicycle and skateboarding.
There are several different brands of helmets on the market that don't do any sort of safety testing at all and those are "Non- Certified" helmets. Check out this video from Athlete Recovery Fund, "Certified vs Non-Certified Bicycle Helmet Impact Test".. Come along with pro riders Mike Clark, Brandon Dosch and Chad Kerley. This video shows without a doubt the tremendous difference in protection between certified and non-certified helmets. We tried to simplify the physics as much as possible but the results are undeniable. Make sure if you are riding BMX you are wearing the proper protection. It could mean the difference between riding again or not.
For More information:
Athlete Recovery Fund: http://www.athleterecoveryfund.com/