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PCA Requiring Head and Neck Device Starting in 2019

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PThis new safety requirement will take affect January 1, 2019. I am sure many of us who use harness systems already utilize a head and neck restraint. But for those who do not, this gives plenty of notice and does not rush anyone into making a purchase.

"PCA Chief Driving Instructors and Region Officials,

The number one priority of PCA's HPDE Program is track safety. A core belief in the DE program is that a person can purchase a stock Porsche and take it to the track for an HPDE weekend, after an appropriate tech inspection of course.

Some people choose to modify their cars to increase performance and others to increase safety. A popular modification made to track cars is the addition of a multi-point harness system. Starting January 1, 2019, the DE Minimum Standards will be expanded to state that if a driver uses a harness system, he or she will ALSO be required to utilize a head and neck restraint system, commonly referred to as a HANS device.

A head and neck restraint device is an integral part of the harness system. Because the rule of equal restraint always applies, if a driver uses a harness system there must also be a harness system available and used by the passenger. Thus, both the driver and passenger will be required to use a HANS device. We highly encourage all DE participants to not wait until 2019 to comply with this new minimum standard. Head and neck restraint system devices are now more affordable and easily purchased online.

The DE Committee's decision was made over the course of two years after careful review of options, conversations with DE participants and discussion of a variety of perspectives. Please pass on this information to your DE drivers and instructors as soon as possible to avoid any confusion.

As a reminder, members of the DE Committee can be found here: [www.pca.org]

Thank you for all your time and effort to make your region's DE program a safe and successful one. If you have feedback, please let me know!

Catch you in the Curves!

John Krecek
Great Plains Region - Porsche Club of America
Chief Driving Instructor
PCA National DE Committee Chair"

Pedro Bonilla 1998 Boxster 986 - 287,000+ miles: http://www.PedrosGarage.com
PCA National Club Racing Scrutineer - PCA National HPDE Instructor - PCA Technical Committee (Boxster/Cayman)

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Thanks for the post, Pedro.
If I understand this correctly, the HANS system will only be required if a harness is used,right? It would not be required with the standard OE 3 point system.

If so, it makes perfect sense-a 5/6 point system really locks your torso into the seat, but your head is still free to move around freely--and sustain an injury to your neck--in the event of a crash.

Along the same lines--what are your thoughts on the 3/4 point Schroth harness that work with stock seats? Hav these been approved by the PCA?
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