STICK IT: SIRIM Sticker on Arai Helmets
Posted on 27 May 2017
WHAT DOES THE SIRIM STICKER MEAN ON AN ARAI HELMET?
Arai Helmet, Ltd.’s philosophy has always been rider protection, first and foremost, and that stand is evident in the designs of Arai’s helmets, compared to those available in the market. That’s exactly why Arai helmets are shaped they way they are, for example, the lack of internal sunvisor, vents not molded into the shell, and the steadfastness of retaining the interminable sidepods.
While it’s true that every rider craves super stylish helmets, Arai has never lost sight of their priority: To create the safest possible head protection. Everything else is secondary.
Consequently, Arai helmets are not made to merely pass and comply to set standards.
All Arai helmets have been tested and approved to the ECE 22.05 standard, but Arai didn’t stop there. Arai helmets also pass the ultra-tough SNELL Memorial Foundation’s M2010 and M2015 standards. Additionally, Arai’s fullface models are certified the
ACU Gold Sticker and approved by the FIM for track use.
Still, Arai isn’t satisfied. Why? Because in order to comply to those mentioned standards, helmets are tested on only certain predetermined points of the helmets. In the real world, however, impacts to the helmet could come from anywhere and any direction. Because of this, Arai designs their helmets to the shape we are so familiar with.
SO, why do officially imported Arai helmets carry the SIRIM stickers?
That’s a fair question since SIRIM also approved locally-produced helmets of seemingly lower specs. Does that mean Arai helmets are of the same specs?
The short answer is no. Arai helmets surpass SIRIM’s MS1:1996 standards, hence the sticker on the back of every officially imported Arai helmet. Arai Helmet, Ltd. is already more than confident that their helmets will surpass any standard around the world.
It is Arai Helmet, Ltd. (as in Arai HQ in Japan) who explicitly insists that their helmets be also certified by the regulatory bodies of the respective countries they export to. For example, helmets exported to America should carry the DOT sticker, or the AS/NZ 1698:2006 in Australia and New Zealand, and in our case, SIRIM’s MS1:1996.
There are interesting reasons behind this decree.
Firstly, certain countries’ regulations require that motorcycle helmets are certified to international standards such as the ECE 22.05, as a prelude to compliance to their local standard, for example the AS/NZ 1698:2006.
Therefore, as in the case of Australia and New Zealand, a rider may forfeit his insurance claim after an accident, should his helmet doesn’t comply to either one of those standards. While these regulations are not yet in place in Malaysia, there have already been talks between regulatory bodies and insurance providers for such action.
Secondly, requirements differ from country to country.
In the case of the ECE 22.05 standard, manufacturers need not carry out puncture tests. This is done by dropping a weighted “spear”; if the spear’s tip penetrated through the shell and EPS, the helmet fails. Contrastingly, the upcoming (and still hotly debated) SIRIM MS1:2011 standard is based on ECE 22.05, with an added puncture test.
Thus, in the interest of safety, Arai wants to be certain that their helmets also comply, or better yet to exceed the standards of anywhere.
This is the reason why ARAI helmets approved for sale in Malaysia MUST be attached with the SIRIM sticker at the back of the helmet.
Is it illegal to wear an Arai without the SIRIM sticker? Again, the short answer is no, because it isn’t enforced, although the JPJ and and Customs Department permits only official distributors to imports helmets.
However, do consider this. The President of ARAI HELMET, LTD., Michio Arai stressed that, “Arai produces different models, with different fits for different markets, with different safety requirements. To sell a helmet meant for another market, in a market where it’s not supposed to sold be is illegal. We do not want to do anything illegal.”
What Mr. Arai meant was, since there are different fits for different regions or countries, you could only be ensured of the best fit if you bought an Arai helmet that’s officially imported, in other words, ones that are attached with the SIRIM sticker.
On a small scale of things, the helmet that you bought outside the country may not be of the correct fit, resulting in discomfort. Of a bigger concern is whether that helmet will provide the utmost protection envisioned by Arai, since it doesn’t fit correctly. What then is the use of Arai’s painstaking dedication to rider safety if it’s negated by the consumer himself?
Do note that sellers of illegally imported helmets, consciously or otherwise, seeks to gain bigger profit at the possible expense of the customer’s safety. Remember, being cheaper does not necessarily make a deal better.
We believe, in line with ARAI HELMET, LTD.’s philosophy, that our customers deserve the best possible head protection. Consequently, please be advised that all Arai helmets sold by KLCL Enterprise Sdn. Bhd. and through her official dealers must carry the SIRIM sticker.