Hövding’s airbag safest according to major French cycle helmet test

No cycle helmet has ever offered as much protection as Hövding’s – that is the conclusion of extensive cycle helmet tests conducted by the independent French testing institute Certimoov at the University of Strasbourg. Hövding’s airbag for cyclists demonstrates superior protection and drastically reduces the risk of brain injury, according to the report.

Certimoov is the result of decades of research into accidents on bicycles and motorcycles, including studies of what happens in the event of a trauma to the head. Researchers have developed a testing protocol for objectively assessing the protection offered by helmets under realistic conditions that reflect actual use as closely as possible.

With the results now in from the latest round of tests conducted by the University of Strasbourg, it is clear that no other cycle helmet has ever provided Hövding’s level of protection in all the years of testing. 47 helmets for adults were tested, with the report stating the following conclusion:

“The results show that Hövding’s safety system provides a high degree of protection with a rating of 4.5 stars, while the best of the other helmets tested achieved no more than four stars. It is interesting to note that Hövding also provides proper protection against side impacts and oblique forces that lead to rotation. It is clear that Hövding’s protection considerably reduces the risk of brain injury under all kinds of impact. And in the case of oblique impact, the risk reduction is dramatic.”

Two key points are highlighted in the test report:

  • Hövding provides optimum protection for the neck and rear of the head.
  • The airbag’s protection against brain injury is better than any other helmet ever tested by the testing institute.

The European standard grades a helmet as approved or not approved, but Certimoov goes further by classifying helmets according to their safety level using a star system from 0 to 5, and has developed its testing to also check how the helmet resists rotational forces, which are a major danger for the brain in cycling accidents. Certimoov’s tests recreate oblique impacts and their effects in an accident. In addition, they use a brain model to measure the effect on the brain in a collision.

Three partners joined forces to put cycle helmets through the Certimoov testing in 2020. The three organisations that pooled their resources are ICRT (International Consumer Research and Testing), DSR (Délégation à la Sécurité Routière) and ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club). They tested over 80 cycle helmets, 47 of which were for adults.


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