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After my wreck at the Glen last year we had to write off the car. The seat will be turned into a video game chair, the belts only had one more season in them anyway, what about my personal safety gear? I was planning on sending the HANS out to be checked over, but what about the helmet? It shows no signs of fatigue, but is it standard practice to replace or inspect it?

 

The crash was a 45* hit into a guard rail at 75mph. I did not hit my head on anything.

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We also feel your pain!  We scrapped everything.  The seat still seemed in really good shape, I was tempted to keep it, but my drivers said "We dont want to take that chance, lets buy a new seat".  I had no good counter argument to that.

 

The belts were done obviously.  In fact, Im pretty sure the course worker cut the sfi tags off.  Cant confirm, but Im cool with that practice to prevent crappy belts from being sold to an unsuspecting buyer.

 

Helmet, yeah, this one was done for sure!  I can almost give 100% certainty that the MFGer will tell you to replace it if you phone them.  Helmets are a one time use item as far as testing goes, no one would certify for two crashes, I dont think.  Realistically, the force that the HANS bolts took, THEN the corresponding force and compression that the foam inside took to slow your head down.... if it was a SA2010 model, I would certainly use the excuse to go upgrade to a 2015 cert model.  Its the old "if you have a $200 head, keep wearing that $200 helmet".

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On 1/24/2019 at 6:14 PM, Originalsterm said:

. I did not hit my head on anything.

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When I was much younger I had a 30 mph crash (laid it down) on my motorcycle.  I thought “at least my head didn’t hit the ground”.  I rode home and took the helmet off.  It had a flat spot from all of the time it spent sliding on the pavement 

 

Your helmet may have hit the roll bar padding and you just don’t remember it.  And I agree with the other comment about the HANS anchors having gotten stressed.   Hate to see you have to spend money on a new one, but thought you should hear the story.  I was SURE that my head hadn’t touched the ground.   

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40 minutes ago, Racer28173 said:

This story may or may not have relevance.....

 

When I was much younger I had a 30 mph crash (laid it down) on my motorcycle.  I thought “at least my head didn’t hit the ground”.  I rode home and took the helmet off.  It had a flat spot from all of the time it spent sliding on the pavement 

 

Your helmet may have hit the roll bar padding and you just don’t remember it.  And I agree with the other comment about the HANS anchors having gotten stressed.   Hate to see you have to spend money on a new one, but thought you should hear the story.  I was SURE that my head hadn’t touched the ground.   

I know that I didn't hit my head, but someone made a good point about compressing the foam padding inside. The stress on the anchors was my biggest concern, but I didn't know if there was any standard practice or test data to prove anything.

 

Looks like I'm getting a new helmet again this season.

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On 1/24/2019 at 6:14 PM, Originalsterm said:

After my wreck at the Glen last year we had to write off the car. The seat will be turned into a video game chair, the belts only had one more season in them anyway, what about my personal safety gear? I was planning on sending the HANS out to be checked over, but what about the helmet? It shows no signs of fatigue, but is it standard practice to replace or inspect it?

 

The crash was a 45* hit into a guard rail at 75mph. I did not hit my head on anything.

Yeah definitely get the HANS checked over and at the same time you can get it recertified by Simpson Racing since they own HANS now. As for the helmet that should also be checked over by someone and this is stated also on the Simpson Racing website. Both your HANS and helmet maybe ok but just need to be checked.

 

HANS recertification information: https://simpsonraceproducts.com/sfi-recertifications

Helmet information: https://simpsonraceproducts.com/faq

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