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Safety Certifications

Since its founding in 1957, the Snell Memorial Foundation has independently tested manufacturer's helmets. Its first safety standards for protective headgear were issued for auto racing in 1959. Subsequently, other specific helmet standards for motorcycling, equestrian sports, bicycling, rollerblading and skateboarding, snowboarding and skiing, and karting have been issued. These standards address performance, not specific materials or design. Periodically, utilizing specially designed test equipment, the Foundation upgrades its specifications on performance characteristics of helmets to keep pace with advances in materials, helmet technology and design.

Frequently Asked Questions about Snell and Helmets

Snell/DOT/ECE Chart

Economic Community of Europe (ECE)

M2010 Helmet Standard For Use in Motorcycling

SA2010 Helmet Standard Use in Automotive Sports

SAH2010 Helmet Standard Use in Automotive Sports

K2010 Helmet Standard For Use in Kart Racing

M2005 Helmet Standard For Use in Motorcycling

K2005 Helmet Standard For Use in Kart Racing

SA2005 Helmet Standard Use in Automotive Sports

CMR Helmet Standard for Children's Motorsports