Bicycle Helmets by Country
Summary: We get inquiries about helmets that are made a specific country, such as the US, or helmets that are "not made in China." While the country of origin may not have much to do with the quality of a helmet, if users are looking for country-specific information we provide what we know here. Since sourcing changes quickly in some cases, it is necessary to check the stickers in the helmet you are buying to be sure where it was made. Even then, some components such as buckles and straps may be from another country.
ChinaBy default, all of the helmets we list in our Helmets for the Current Season article are made in China if not otherwise indicated. The overwhelming majority of the world's helmets are produced there. There are many manufacturers, and quality ranges from poor to excellent. In addition, many helmets assembled elsewhere have at least some Chinese-made component parts like buckles and straps. Most of the best known helmet brands in the US market are made in China. Major US companies sourcing there have to be very careful about quality control, and buy most of their helmets from a few producers known for consistent quality.
USAThere are still millions of bicycle helmets made every year in the US. Most are made by Bell in Rantoul, Illinois, and are marked "Assembled in the USA from components made in China and the USA." They are in Bell's low-cost line, found at Wal-Mart, Toys R Us and other big box discount stores. You have to identify them by reading the hang tag, since the models change. The higher end includes their Impulse, a round, smooth helmet that is molded in the shell.
In addition to Bell, the company Bandbox Helmets makes hat-style helmets entirely assembled in USA.
We do not know of any other major manufacturer making bicycle helmets here in the US. We do not know of any bicycle helmet manufacturer or vendor who would satisfy the Buy America Act requirement that the product is assembled in America and all parts down to the sub-component level must be made in America as well. If you find one, please let us know.
AustraliaTommy Carron has informed us that bicycle helmets are manufactured in Australia by Pacific Brands under the Rosebank brand. Playworks International also manufacture the FLITE 900 in Australia which is a children's helmet (as of 2006). Headstart International also makes a child's helmet- the HEADSTART Skins Flame 325 (as of 2006). Again, we don't know where their components are sourced.
BelgiumLazer used to make their helmets in Belgium. They may still make some models there, but we don't know which ones.
CanadaAt least one Louis Garneau's helmet is made in Canada. Some Garneau models come from China, however, and we don't have a list by origin.
FranceThe French company BiOS has a Made in France line at the bottom of their Web pages. Their helmets are made to a different drummer design, so you might want to read our writeup on them.
GermanyAt least two manufacturers still make helmets in Germany. Uvex makes their most expensive models there. A few of their less expensive models are made in China. KED Helmsysteme, whose helmets we have not seen, advertises on their Web site that their helmets are "garantiert made in Germany." We have more on both manufacturers in our annual helmets for the current season page. Again there may or may not be Chinese-made components.
IsraelWe have had reports since the 1990's of a kibbutz-based manufacturer of bike helmets in Israel. The company is Polybid, and they are part of Kibbutz Mismar HaNegev. They have a nicely rounded bicycle model, the Pro 2 and others for youth and toddlers. Their site in is Hebrew, but Google can translate if you need it, or you can use this link to their helmets if it is up.
ItalyItalian manufacturers have been among the last to switch to Asian manufacturing for their helmets. Some have mixed Italian and Chinese origin lines like Limar, but at least three say all of their models are still Made in Italy: MET, LAS and Selev.
JapanMost helmets made in Japan are for the internal market. We don't have info on them. They would be made to fit the rounder Asian head shape.
SpainCatlike has a production plant in Yecla (Murcia), Spain.
TaiwanA number of manufacturers make helmets in Taiwan. Most Expanded PolyUrethane (EPU) helmets come from there. Manufacturers include Ascent and Tirreno, the Performance Bicycle house brand.
This page was updated or reformatted on: February 25, 2017.