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Hans Device Recertification

Hans Device Recertification

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Fequently Asked Questions

I can touch my chin to my chest with the device on. Is this a problem?

No. The HANS® tethers offer a great deal of mobility while still reducing the chance of injury. In an actual impact, the HANS® will remain stationary with respect to the shoulder belts, while your body slides forward until the tethers straighten. (Your head will not swing down towards your chest). The slack in the tethers is taken up before the belts restrain the torso, the HANS®, and the head together.

I race on a short track with relatively low speeds. Do I need a HANS®?

Studies show serious head and neck injuries happen at impact speeds as low as 35mph. On short tracks with tight turns it is easy to be "Q-balled" almost straight into the wall at similar or higher speeds.

What type of shoulder belts work best with a HANS®?

Any SFI approved shoulder harness system works fine with the HANS Device.
2" or 3" shoulder belts in nylon or polyester work fine with the HANS Device.
Also the new Double Shoulder Belts (Over/Under Belts) designed for the Hans work well, and have been a choice for some .
Be sure to mount and replace your belts in accordance with manufacturer guidelines. Only the HANS Device spreads the belts around your neck, preventing chafing and maximizing belt performance.

Do some shoulder belts slip off the HANS Device?

No. Properly mounted belts do not slip off the device.
If your shoulder belts will not stay securely on the device chances are that you do not have the belt mounts properly located in your chassis. For more information see the Quick Start Guide section on shoulder belt mounting go here and scroll down to Quick Start Guide.

The HANS Device actually maximizes belt performance by spreading the belts around your neck, allowing the belts to be mounted as close together as possible for best performance. In over 3600 crashes involving HANS Device use as inspected by NASCAR there was not even one concern about belt retention or slippage.

Do I need a different HANS® for each helmet?

No. As long as each helmet is fitted with the proper anchors, you can use one HANS® with multiple helmets.

When should I replace my HANS Device?

Unless it saves your life in a major wreck you may never have to replace your HANS Device.
Keep the device away from sunlight as this attacks the high performance resins used.
The HANS Device comes with an SFI certification sticker that has no expiration date.

Can I share a HANS®?

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 "horse collar" foam pad with a HANS®?

Yes. Note testing has shown a horse collar adds weight to the helmet and the head that must be carried by the neck. This increases the chance of injury. Wear one for comfort, not safety related reasons.

Do I need a special helmet?

No. The helmet anchors fit any SNELL approved racing helmet.

I have an unusual racecar. Do you make a device that will fit?

The HANS® device can be worn in virtually any vehicle (not just cars) that uses two shoulder belts as part of the driver restraint harness. The driver must also be wearing a helmet with HANS® anchors on it.

How do I care for my HANS® device?

HANS® devices should be kept clean and dry. Extreme hot or cold environments should be avoided. They should be kept away from petroleum products or other corrosives as these can have unexpected results on even the strongest composite materials and resins. To protect them, HANS® devices should be stored out of direct sunlight or in a bag. They may be cleaned with soapy warm water.

How much does a HANS® device weigh?

Depending on the specific model, HANS® devices weigh about a pound plus padding and tethers.

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, users should look for signs of de-lamination or surface cracking and exposed composite material under the finish. However, even the most thorough visual 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.

What is the difference between the different series available?

The only difference is weight - all HANS Devices offer the same exceptional level of protection.
Professional Series weigh about 1 pound, and the Sport Series weigh about 2.25 pounds.
Pro Series are made of hand laid, high modulous carbon fiber, while the Sport Series are made of injection molded carbon fiber.

When I put the device on, it rubs against my neck. Is that normal?

Yes, so long as this only occurs when putting on the device. This is a compromise to allow the driver to have greater clearance for steering and other arm movement.

Can I buy parts and support for my older HANS® device?

For most devices, yes. However we no longer support the original Model 1 HANS® device.