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PostSubject: Helmet Life   Wed 16 Feb 2011, 09:17

swing Riding season is approaching and I would like to know your thoughts about HELMET LIFE.

1. Most helmets have a "date of manufacture" somewhere on them. How long does the liner remain "effective" for protection from that date? I understand the liner hardens over time. Does your helmet have a warranty?
2. If you drop or impact your helmet, do you replace it? The manufacturers state helmets are generally designed for a single impact.
3. In an accident if the insurance company finds your helmet life had exceeded manufacturer's warranty, would you still be covered?

Just a few things to think about...billc.
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PostSubject: Re: Helmet Life   Wed 16 Feb 2011, 09:43

Maybe the in wrong field?

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PostSubject: Re: Helmet Life   Wed 16 Feb 2011, 10:52

Keep it until your helmet falls apart,it's just like replacing your airbags every recommended 10 years
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PostSubject: Re: Helmet Life   Wed 16 Feb 2011, 11:45

KurtPerthWA wrote:
Maybe the in wrong field?


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PostSubject: Re: Helmet Life   Wed 16 Feb 2011, 13:06

(1)4-5 years for most helmets.
(2)yes you should really replace.
(3)honest...don't know.depends on accident wether it's a critcal factor on claim.
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PostSubject: Re: Helmet Life   Wed 16 Feb 2011, 16:00

I double checked this a few years ago, when we were painting skidlids.

Most manufactuers recommend a shelf life of 3-5 years on a poly prop or thermoplastic helmet - IF its kept in a cool dark enviroment. So always buy a lid thats been stored in its box not the one off the shelf.

The manufacturers of composite lids, i.e carbon fibre, fibreglass etc. said their lids have a shelf life of at least 5 years if stored in a cool dark enviroment.........

All helmets sold within the EU must have a manufactuers date tag stitched inside.

A lid should be replace if it has had a 'significant' impact - their words. Ask to define 'significant' drew the response 'Er.......'! Basically, dropping a lid onto a flat hard surface from hand height won't harm it, other than chipping the smooth finish. Dropping it from the same height on to a sharp edge or point is another matter. The best advice I got was 'use your common sense'; if a lid has been used to save your head from impact during an off, then its time to replace it! If someone accidently knocks it off a table in a bar and marks it, its probably okay to wear (and don't blame them either, you should have put it somewhere safer anyway!!).

I've yet to hear of a case were a skid lid is a main factor in an accident which ends in a claim - however the way things are going its only going to be a matter of time..... Esp with some folks insisting on wearing lids that don't have the relevant test specification markings - something to think on the next time your mate decides to wear that repro viking helmet for the charity ride out........
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