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December 21, 2007

The Quarterly Newsletter of the Snell Memorial Foundation

This is the forty-eighth edition of the Foundation's quarterly newsletters to the helmet manufacturing industry.                            pdf  version 

In This Issue

  1. Snell 2008 Manufacturers Meeting in Indy - Important Update
  2. Snell's Holiday Schedule
  3. Fee Increases
  4. Snell/FIA Childrens Helmet Standard
  5. Snell 2010 Standards Transition Scheme


Comments and Suggestions

Who to Contact at Snell


Snell's 2008 Manufacturer’s Meeting in Indianapolis - New Location

The Foundation will host a Manufacturer’s Meeting at 9:00 AM on Friday, February 15, 2008, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Indianapolis, one block away from where Snell usually holds this meeting. The address is One South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Telephone (800) 233-1234. A continental breakfast will be available at the beginning of the meeting. Snell certified manufacturers are invited. Other interested parties must contact the Snell office in California for details. Snell board of directors Dr. Harold A. Fenner, Dr. Daniel J. Thomas and Mr. William H. Muzzy will attend as will Ms.Hong Zhang, Ed Becker, Randy McCarty, and Steve Johnson.

 Snell's Holiday Schedule

The Snell Office and Lab will be closed from December 23 through New Year’s day. The Lab will be shut down for the first two weeks in January for calibration and maintenance. Testing services will resume on or about January 14, 2008.

Fee Increases

The fees for testing and for M, SA and K certification labels will increase as of the new year, January 1, 2008.


    M2005 Certification Test $1040.00
    SA2005/K2005 Certification Test $1260.00
    B-90A&C B-95A&C ,N-94 Certification Test $830.00
    E2001, S-98, RS-98 Certification $910.00
    Random Sample Test $135.00
    Prototype Test $240.00
    Random Sample Follow up Test $275.00

Certification Labels

Snell/FIA Children’s Helmet Standard

The joint Snell/FIA standard for children’s motor sports helmets is in its final form. A copy is posted on the Snell web site CMS/CMR2007 and should be available in booklet form soon.

The standard will be released in two versions, CMS2007 and CMR2007.  The R and S signify differences only in field of view, S for standard 105 degree peripheral vision requirement suitable for most motorcycle and motorsport applications, and R for restricted 90 degree peripheral vision requirement suitable for other specialized competitive autosports applications.    

The Foundation will administer the certification program for the Snell/FIA2007 children's helmet standards will be similar to current Snell certification programs and will include an Random Testing enforcement component. For certification testing for only the CMS/CMR2007 (children's motorsports helmet standards,) manufacturers may either submit helmets to the Snell laboratory in California or arrange for testing at Newton S.r.l. in Italy.

Contact information for Newton:

Newton S.r.l.
via G. di Vittorio
2/D 20017 Mazzo di Rho(MI), ITALY
 Phone: +39 02 93906088,
Fax:+39 02 93906075

Testing services will be available at both locations by November 1, 2007.

Children's Helmet Standard Decals


Snell 2010 Standards Transition Scheme

The transition from the 2005 standards to M, SA and K 2010 will be more difficult than in previous standards revisions. In general, certification to the new standard will not assure that the same model also meets the requirements of the previous standard. Furthermore, many of the 2005 certified models will require extensive modification to meet Snell 2010 standards. For these reasons, the Foundation proposes a longer transition period. M2010, SA2010 and K2010 will begin a year early. The first units may be offered for sale as early as October 1, 2009. And M2005, SA2005 and K2005 will continue for a year longer than usual. Manufacturers will not be required to stop production of these helmets until March 31, 2012.

2010 Introduction

Certification Testing starts             03/01/2008

2010 Labels Available                  07/01/2009

First 2010 Helmets Available        10/01/2009

2005 Termination

Certification Testing ends             06/30/2011

2005 Labels last available            06/30/2011

2005 Production ends                 03/31/2012

The changes proposed for Snell 2010 standards are in response to recent anthropometric measurements of the human head. Although the new requirements are expected to force a redesign of current headgear, particularly in the smaller sizes, Snell M2010 helmets should also encompass all of the requirements in ECE 22-05. For the first time in many years, manufacturers may be able to build the same helmets for distribution throughout Europe and North America. The newest M2010 draft has been posted on the Snell web site: M2010 changes

Your Comments and Suggestions

If you have any comments, suggestions or complaints about any aspect of the Snell programs or services, please contact Ed Becker


Who to Contact at Snell

Snell Memorial Foundation, Inc.
3628 Madison Avenue, Suite 11
North Highlands, CA 95660
Phone: 1-888-SNELL99 (1-888-763-5599) or 916-331-5073
Fax: 916-331-0359

Editor: Hong Zhang, Director of Education

WebEditor:  Steve Johnson

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