The Snell Memorial Foundation, Inc. announces that its SA2015 Standard for Protective Headgear which applies to auto racing helmets has become effective since October 1, 2015. There are several changes in test requirements and procedures in the new SA2015 standard.
Our advice to Safety Inspectors and Racing Authorities is that they continue to accept helmets in good condition and certified either to the current or immediately previous Snell standard. At this time, SA2015 is the current Snell standard and SA2010 is the immediately previous.
Snell urges everyone to replace their Snell certified helmets routinely no later than five years after the helmet is first worn. However, even by this conservative advice, many SA2010 certified helmets still have years of service in them. Unless a helmet has been damaged, or has five or more years of use, or is no longer accepted by safety inspectors or track authorities, there may be no need to replace it.
Please direct any questions, comments and requests for copies of the SA2015 Standard to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 916-331-5073.