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April, 30, 2012 SFI Article: Seat Belts - Essential to Driver Safety
According to the authorities at the SFI Foundation, Inc. seat belts should be maintained, inspected, and replaced and/or re-webbed every two (2) years. The two (2) year life is crucial as the belts degrade as they are subjected to elements over time. To put this into perspective, the following is a percentage of strength maintained by Nylon 6-6 webbing at specific time intervals over a 24 month exposure to the outdoors:
  • 6 months exposure - 70% strength
  • 12 months exposure - 50% strength
  • 18 months exposure - 22% strength
  • 24 months exposure - 18% strength
The most important part of the 16.1 specification is that the webbing used in the restraints must not exceed two (2) years and they must be replaced at or before that time. With only a two (2) year life on racing restraints, it's great to know companies like Simpson, Impact and Crow are doing their best to help mitigate the cost of replacing restraints every two (2) years. No matter what belts you are using, if they are past their two (2) year mark, all three companies offer a trade in policy on used belts in exchange for a discount on new belts. Some also offer a service to re-web and re-certify your exisitng belts.
 
To read the entire article SEAT BELTS Essential to Driver Safety please visit the SFI Foundation website at www.sfifoundation.com/seatbelt.html.
 
 
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