The Quarterly Newsletter of the Snell Memorial Foundation
In This Issue
Dr. Ching’s findings bear strongly on the changes being considered for the Snell M2010, SA2010 and K2010 standards. His technical brief will be posted on the Snell web site.In the future, manufacturers are urged to submit samples in ready for sale condition when they apply for certification. The laboratory needs complete samples if they are to get accurate weights. The Foundation demands complete samples in order to confirm that the helmets tested here are the same as those that will later be sold to the public.
So if the configuration calls for a face shield or a visor, the samples must include face shields or visors. If the finished helmet will be painted, the samples must be painted. If the shells have ports for ventilation, the liners must be finished correspondingly. Although reasonable allowances will be made for missing labels, if any sample in a certification set is otherwise incomplete, the technicians may reject the entire set.
We are preparing a more detailed announcement to be circulated to all the Snell certified manufacturers and to anyone else who is interested. If you would like to receive a copy of the announcement and an invitation to participate, please contact Ed Becker.Snell/FIA Children’s Helmet Standard Effort Work continues on the joint Snell/FIA standard for children’s motor sports helmets. A copy of the most recent draft is posted on the Snell web site www.smf.org.The CMH2007 will be similar to current Snell certification programs and will include an RST enforcement component. For certification testing, it is expected that manufacturers will be able to submit helmets to certain test labs in Europe or to the Snell laboratory in California but all test results will be reviewed at the Snell office in California before certification is awarded. Certification labels will be available from the Snell office. The projected label fee is expected to be $2.00, $1.00 of which will go to Snell and the other to FIA. The Foundation has made a lot of progress toward FIA 8860 and FIA 8858 capability. These FIA standards apply to Formula 1 helmets and to HANS® tether hardware. The Snell lab expects to receive FIA authorization to test to these standards later this year.
From May 25th to June 9th Dr. Daniel Thomas, Ed Becker and Hong Zhang visited nine helmet manufacturers in Beijing, Shanghai and Tsingdao, China. We gained more understanding of corporate structures, current operations and conditions at the factories. In addition to Snell policies, testing procedures, equipment calibration, much of the discussion focused on the Draft M2010.
If you have any comments, suggestions or complaints about any aspect of the Snell programs or services, please contact Ed Becker firstname.lastname@example.org.
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