Social media was set alight earlier this week, as fans reacted to the condition that Brad Anderson's Leatt helmet was left in after a crash on Sunday morning. The chin-bar portion of the helmet had effectively disappeared. Now, somewhat surprisingly, Leatt have released a statement explaining why that happened and what procedures were taken to ensure that the product protects riders across the globe.
"Following the crash involving Brad Anderson at the Hawkstone International Motocross event last Sunday, Leatt Corporation would like to make the following statement. Firstly and most importantly we would like to wish Brad a speedy recovery, he was released from hospital late on Sunday night having received brain and other body scans, these where all clear with no brain injury or serious facial fractures apart from his nose.
"The purpose of a helmet, as with any safety equipment, is to reduce the risk of a serious injury. Our helmets are designed to deform and fracture under certain loads to reduce the accelerative forces being transferred to the head, brain and neck. The energy required to deform a helmet is hereby removed from the total energy that would otherwise have been directed to the rider's head, brain and neck.
"All our motorcycle helmet models meet and exceed either or both of the industry accepted and widely adopted applicable safety standards namely; ECE 22-05 and DOT (FMVSS No. 218). As you can appreciate, the same accident rarely happens twice. There are always various accident dynamics at play including but not limited to the weight of the rider, the speed of the impact, involvement of the motorcycle, track conditions etc.
"It is therefore near impossible for Leatt to re-create the exact accident scenario, but hopefully you will appreciate from the videos below the magnitude of force it would require to break the chin bar on the same helmet Brad was wearing. We are pleased Brad will make a full recovery and glad he was using a safety tested and certified Leatt product.
"In the videos below a weighted head-form and the ECE standard impact speed to the chin bar of 5.5 meters per second is demonstrated. Additionally, we performed the test at 6.5 meters per second, this exceeds the FIM road race standard chin bar impact of 6 meters per second."
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Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Ray Archer