The Hövding bicycle helmet does not protect against a collision with a car

German crash tests show that Hövding does not protect the cyclist in the event of a collision with a car driving at 40 km / h. Folksam is now removing its recommendation for the airbag helmet.

Hövding has been launched as the world’s safest bicycle helmet. But new tests show that it has limitations.

In the event of a collision with a car traveling at 40 km / h, the head restraint does not have time to inflate, and the cyclist thus hits his head straight in the hood.

It shows tests from the German state test institute BaST, according to Folksam.

– The problem with Hövding is that it does not have time to cover its head, says Helena Stigson, researcher at Folksam.

Turns in immediately

When Folksam was to perform similar tests, Hövding must have chosen not to participate.

– The head protection needs to understand that a collision occurs, and we received the answer that it will not work at those speeds, says Helena Stigson.

Hövding only begins to react 80 milliseconds into the collision process. After that, it needs another 100 milliseconds to fully develop. But in a collision with a car, the process often goes faster than that, she says.

In Sweden, bicycle helmets are certified through tests where the collision corresponds to a speed of just under 20 kilometers per hour. Hövding has managed this, and it is therefore CE-marked.

“Safe product”

But Folksam is now removing its recommendation for Hövding.

– We have previously marked Hövding with “Good choice”. But now we feel that we are deceiving our customers that they think they have adequate protection when they are not really protected in a collision with a car at higher speeds, says Helena Stigson.

Hövding questions Folksam’s conclusion. CEO Sofia Svensson points out that in Folksam’s own tests, Hövding performs as well today as in previous years.

– We have five other independent test bodies that show that we have a safe product, she says.

Sofia Svensson emphasizes that other tests show that an ordinary bicycle helmet does not work at higher speeds either.

– Even if the helmet is on the head, you have to look at the g-force against the brain to see if it is relevant. The whole industry needs to make a development to be able to face the type of rare accidents that are, after all, very serious. ‘

Throw away?

Every year, 15 cyclists in Sweden die after colliding with a motor vehicle and more than 1,000 are injured, of which one in five is seriously injured, according to Folksam.

In Stockholm, more than every tenth cyclist uses a Hövding, according to the insurance company’s latest survey.

TT: Are they going to throw away their Chief now?

– Our recommendation is to use a bicycle helmet that sits on the head. Then there are individuals who can not imagine wearing a bicycle helmet and in those cases it is clear that a Chief protects better than if you cycle without a helmet, says Helena Stigson and continues:

– If you are in the choice between wearing a traditional bicycle helmet and a Chief, you should know that it will not protect you in all situations.

Raise the level of violence

The insurance company believes that it is time for the industry to review how bicycle helmets are tested and approved. Helena Stigson points out that almost every fifth head injury in cyclists occurs in a collision with a vehicle.

– We think that helmets should be tested for higher speeds to also reflect the risk of a collision with a motor vehicle. In the future, we will adjust our test method and raise the level of violence, she says.

Facts: Tips for cyclists

Wear a bicycle helmet that sits on your head.

Here are some of the helmets that received good marks in Folksam’s helmet tests:

  • Specialized Align II MIPS
  • Car-themed bicycle helmet MIPS
  • Scott Arx Plus MIPS
  • Occano MIPS helmet
  • Bell Super Air R MIPS

Tips for motorists are to slow down. The crash tests show that if the speed was reduced to 30 km / h in areas where cars and bicycles are mixed, the risk of being hit and seriously injured would be reduced by 40 percent.

Source: Folksam

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