HANS Device - Frequently Asked Questions
I don't go fast enough. Do I really need a HANS Device?
Studies show serious head and neck injuries occur at impact speeds as low as 35mph. These speeds are common in all types of racing. It's not how fast you go, but how fast you stop.
Do I need to buy a new helmet or is a special helmet required?
No, the helmet anchors fit any Snell approved helmet that is proper for your sanctioning body or track. Note: While a HANS Device can be installed in an open face helmet and some customers are using it that way, we do not recommend it. A full face helmet provides more protection.
Does installing the helmet anchors involve drilling holes in the helmet? If so, what does that do to the Snell Rating?
Installing the helmet anchors does involve drilling holes in the helmet. The Snell Foundation has stated that so long as the drilling is done outside of the test zone, it does not affect the helmet's certification. The anchors used for the HANS Device are not in the test zone. Many helmet manufacturers are now supplying their helmets already drilled for anchors. The Snell SAH2010 standard includes testing the integrity of this area of the helmet, but SAH2010 helmets are not required. Each HANS Device kit includes the helmet anchor hardware and installation instructions for easy do-it-yourself installation.
What type of race harness should I use? Are 2 inch better than 3 inch?
We recommend any FIA approved or SFI certified race harness for use with HANS Devices. Some manufacturers are marketing special 2 inch shoulder straps for use with the HANS Device but these are not required. HANS only tests with SFI-certified 3 inch harnesses. Additionally, based upon better stretch and aging characteristics, we prefer that drivers use polyester belts. However, both nylon and polyester work fine with HANS Devices.
My shoulder straps come off the HANS Device?
Properly mounted straps do not come off of the device. If your shoulder belts will not stay securely over the device when you are firmly belted in, chances are that you do not have the shoulder belt mounts properly located in your chassis. Check the belt mounting directions supplied on the Quick Start Guide and be sure that your belts are mounted correctly. If this problem persists, contact us.
I can touch my chin to my chest with the device on. Is this a problem?
No, it's not a problem. The HANS Device allows a great deal of mobility while still reducing the chance of injury. In an actual impact, the HANS will stay with the shoulder belts, while your body slides forward under the belts and HANS Device until the tethers straighten. The slack in the tethers is taken up before the belts restrain your torso, the HANS Device, and the head together.
Can I share a HANS Device?
Provided that you are of similar physical size and shape to your partner, chances are good that you can share a device. Both of you will need to have HANS anchors installed on your helmets.
Can I wear a foam collar or helmet support with a HANS Device?
Yes. Note testing has shown that a foam collar, or helmet support, adds weight to the helmet and the head that must be carried by the neck. This increases the chance of injury. This added weight is carried by the HANS in a crash. Wear a foam collar for comfort, not safety related reasons.
How do I care for my HANS Device?
HANS Devices should be kept clean and dry. Extreme hot or cold environments should be avoided. Your HANS should be kept away from petroleum products or other corrosives as these can have unexpected results on even the strongest composite materials and resins. HANS Devices should be stored out of direct sunlight or in a bag. They may be cleaned with warm soapy water.
What if my HANS Device is in an impact?
Like all driver safety equipment, HANS Devices should always be inspected after an accident. In a simple self-inspection in direct sunlight or a similarly bright light, users should look for signs of de-lamination, surface cracking and exposed composite material under the finish. Damage sometimes can be felt, but be careful of protruding fibers. However, even the most thorough visual and manual inspection and strength testing can fail to detect damage. This is one of the reasons that we do not resell used devices, and we do not recommend that anyone buy a used device. If in doubt about the integrity of a HANS Device, it should be replaced. At a minimum, the tethers should be replaced.
What is the difference between the Sport and Professional models?
Besides the appearance, the only performance difference between these models is weight. The Professional model weighs approximately 1 pound. The Sport model weighs approximately 2 pounds (still less than most helmets). The Professional model is made up of high modulus carbon fiber and performance resins to achieve the lighter weight while maintaining strength.
How often should the tethers be replaced?
The tethers should be replaced whenever involved in a crash, torn, frayed, worn or at a minimum of every 2 years.
Do I need a different HANS Device for each helmet?
No. As long as each helmet is fitted with the proper anchors, you can use one HANS Device with multiple helmets.
When should I replace my HANS Device?
Snell recommends replacing competition helmets every five years. HANS Devices are made with similar materials and resins. They are also exposed to similar environments. Snell's five-year rule for helmets is only a guideline, but it is one we think users should consider when reviewing the integrity of a HANS Device. The form of racing in which a user competes may also dictate the timeframe for replacing a HANS Device, especially if a user competes in open cockpit environments. Even the best materials deteriorate over time. Further, we recommend a user replaces their HANS Device if it is involved in an accident or shows any signs of structural damage. If in doubt about the integrity of a HANS Device, it should be replaced.
What else can I do to make my racing safer?
You need to practice exiting the racecar in an emergency. What will you do if you have a fire or have to exit from the passenger side? Have someone time you exiting the car in a mock emergency with a stopwatch. The quicker the better.
Are the folks that I deal with at Pegasus factory trained and authorized to sell the HANS Device?
Yes. Nine Pegasus employees have gone through factory training conducted by an expert from HANS Performance Products.