Question : Is there a third party organization that rates or approves this type of device? Are there any CPSC r
Unfortunately in both the European Union and in the USA there is no standard against which the performance of unrestrained torso neck protective devices can be measured. Nor can we find any CPSC regulations or standards in the USA that apply to motorcycle neck braces. For this reason Leatt® is collaborating with the SFI Foundation in the USA to create what will become Standard SFI 57.1 that will cover these products.
Testing has formed an integral part of the research, prototyping and development of the Leatt-Brace®.
Initial formal testing was done at the SABS (Southern African Bureau of Standards) Land Mobility Technologies Laboratory and followed by extensive biomechanical pendulum testing at the BMW Accident Research Center in Munich, Germany. Results were meticulously combined with field studies by professional motorcyclists, bicycle riders and medical authorities and the ride and comfort of the brace was evaluated by KTM Factory Riders
In support of testing, the Leatt® Biomedical Division – the Leatt® - Lab – is well equipped with pendulum, dynamic and static test rigs, sophisticated simulation, modeling and finite element analysis software and a Hybrid III Anthropometric Test Dummy. Based on their in depth understanding, our biomedical engineers are able to develop the most sophisticated models that depict what happens in the neck during an accident and then evaluate new brace prototypes on the test dummy to determine their design effectiveness.
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