If you helmets has a DOT sticker it might now always mean that’s it’s really DOT tested and approved. There are many motorcycle helmets manufacturers who just put the DOT sticker on their helmet without actually getting it tested for safety – especially in the lower price range helmets, this is very important to check if the helmet you are about to buy will give you any safety at all in case of crash and not just break into pieces with your head as well.
Check out the video above to find out how to verify if the DOT approved is real or fake.
Just because your helmet has a DOT sticker on it doesn’t mean it lives up to DOT standards.
This is only a layman’s interpretation of the law put into laymen’s terms, if you want the full legalities of the law read this.
DOT states that the helmet must have on it the manufacturer, model, size, and the DOT label, but there does *NOT* have to be a tag on the inside of the helmet. As long as that information is on the helmet, you’re good.
Any helmet manufactured after May 2013 has the new DOT requirements, which state it has to have a specific format for the dot sticker:
FMVSS NO 218
Then, all it has to have inside is the size, materials, and date of manufacture.
Here are the actual rules from the actual DOT requirements:
S5.6.1 Each helmet shall be labeled permanently and legibly, in a manner such that the label(s) can be read easily without removing padding or any other permanent part, with the following:
(a) Manufacturer’s name or identification.
(b) Precise model designation.
(d) Month and year of manufacture. This may be spelled out (for example, June 1988), or expressed in numerals (for example, 6/88).
(e) The symbol DOT, constituting the manufacturer’s certification that the helmet conforms to the applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards. This symbol shall appear on the outer surface, in a color that contrasts with the background, in letters at least \3/8\ inch (1 cm) high, centered laterally with the horizontal centerline of the symbol located a minimum of 1\1/8\ inches (2.9 cm) and a maximum of 1\3/ 8\ inches (3.5 cm) from the bottom edge of the posterior portion of the helmet.
(f) Instructions to the purchaser as follows:
(1) “Shell and liner constructed of (identify type(s) of materials).
(2) “Helmet can be seriously damaged by some common substances without damage being visible to the user. Apply only the following: (Recommended cleaning agents, paints, adhesives, etc., as appropriate).
(3) “Make no modifications. Fasten helmet securely. If helmet experiences a severe blow, return it to the manufacturer for inspection, or destroy it and replace it.”
(4) Any additional relevant safety information should be applied at the time of purchase by means of an attached tag, brochure, or other suitable means.