Q. DOT Approved Motor Cycle Helmets

What does it mean when it says a motorcycle helmet is "DOT Approved" ? 


Answer

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a legislative mandate under Title 49 of the United States Code, Chapter 301, Motor Vehicle Safety, to issue Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and Regulations to which manufacturers of motor vehicles and items of motor vehicle equipment must conform and certify compliance.  These FMVSS are regulations written in terms of minimum safety performance requirements for motor vehicles or items of motor vehicle equipment. These requirements are specified in such a manner that the public is protected against unreasonable risk of crashes occurring as a result of the design, construction, or performance of motor vehicles and is also protected against unreasonable risk of death or injury in the event crashes do occur.

The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard for motorcycle helmets is FMVSS 218 - which you can read at: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/administration/fmcsr/fmcsrruletext.aspx?reg=571.218  Before the helmet you mention can be DOT approved, it must adhere to the safety standards set in this regulation.

Sincerely,

Reference Services
National Transportation Library
Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Research and Innovative Technology Administration
U.S. Department of Transportation 

  • Last Updated Dec 13, 2016
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  • Answered By David Martin

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