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Stiftung Warentest: Defects in bicycle helmets

Stiftung Warentest: Defects in bicycle helmets

Stiftung Warentest checked the quality of cycling helmets and found some frightening defects

Cycling helmets protect health, but not all products offer the necessary safety. In a current study, the Stiftung Warentest took a closer look at 34 cycling helmets and found some frightening defects.

According to the Stiftung Warentest, the top criterion in the evaluation of the cycling helmets was accident protection, but factors such as ventilation and comfort were also taken into account in the study. With several helmets, the shock absorption was so bad that the Stiftung Warentest advised against buying it. Another helmet failed due to its poor attachment to the testers. With a relatively large number of helmets, there is also a risk of heat build-up, since ventilation is not adequately guaranteed, according to the Stiftung Warentest.

Without a bicycle helmet, there is a risk of a skull fracture in the event of an accident. According to the Stiftung Warentest, cyclists without a helmet risk a skull fracture if they fall, which is why it is imperative to take appropriate head protection. However, due to their often inadequate design, the bicycle helmets are extremely popular. While adolescents in other trend sports (e.g. snowboarding or skating) are increasingly willing to wear helmets, this attitude has not really prevailed when cycling. However, this could possibly change with the new designs of modern bike helmets.

Accident prevention and ventilation as evaluation criteria for bicycle helmets In the opinion of the Stiftung Warentest, a good bicycle helmet must in principle provide adequate accident protection and at the same time ensure reasonable ventilation. Of the 34 helmets tested, however, do not meet all of these criteria. With some helmets, the shock absorption was so bad that when the “helmets filled with a test head” were hit from a height of 1.5 meters on a flat and angular base, acceleration values ​​were measured that were higher than when a professional boxer knocked out the Stiftung Warentest. Despite the helmet, there would be a concussion. According to the Stiftung Warentest, the helmets "KED Sky Two, MET Camaleonte Executive, Cratoni C-Air youth and Profex Vega Prinzess" were devalued.

Two helmets do not meet the intended standard of shock absorption. However, the requirements of the Stiftung Warentest were above the legally stipulated standard, which requires a corresponding fall test from a height of just 1.1 meters. The failed models were therefore "also tested according to standard standards", with the result that the MET Camaleonte Executive and Profex Vega Prinzess helmets also failed here. For this reason, Stiftung Warentest advises against buying the two products. "If you have such a helmet, you should replace it," said the testers. The Cratoni C-Kid children's bike helmet is also not recommended due to its insufficient securing on the head, as the lock was torn apart as part of the test and the helmet could slide off the head in the event of an accident. Of the 34 helmets tested, the adult bike helmets KED Sky Two rated "sufficient" and MET Cameleonte executive "poor" because they did not provide the necessary protection in the event of an accident. For the children's helmets, the Cratoni C-Kid and Profex Vega Prinzess FZ 008 received a "poor" rating from the testers because they did not meet the requirements of accident protection.

Impending heat build-up: ventilation in bicycle helmets is often inadequate The ventilation properties of the bicycle helmets were a less weighted criterion in the tests than accident safety, but here too the testers found significant deficiencies. Every "second adult helmet and four children's helmets" did not provide adequate ventilation, so that heat accumulation under the helmets, especially during sporty cycling, was a problem, the testers explained. "Fresh air is missing on the head for brisk cycling," the Stiftung Warentest continues. However, according to the Stiftung Warentest in the article "Protection for cool heads", a bad helmet is better than no helmet at all. "

Cheap bike helmets also offer good accident protection As is often the case in comparable product tests, some cheap items for bike helmets were extremely positive. Although the test winner for helmets for adults (Casco Activ-TC) costs an impressive 60 euros, the Profex City FZ-006 for just 18 euros also earns the rating “good” according to the testers. Among the bicycle helmets for children, the Limar 515 was in front (price 40 euros), although the prophet TX-08 (price 20 euros), which was only half as expensive, performed similarly well. Furthermore, the helmets Abus MountX, Abus Scraper Kid, Bell Alibi, Alpina FB Junior L.E., Casco Fun-Generation, Giro Flume, KED Gekko, MET Crackerjack, Uvex Hero were rated "good" by the test. The Stiftung Warentest generally advises to wear helmets while cycling, because "a bicycle helmet does not protect against accidents, but it can significantly reduce the consequences of the accident", the testers concluded. (fp)

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