Snell Helmet Specifications
Helmets meeting Snell Standards provide the highest level of protection available. Snell Standards significantly surpass those set by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM) and the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission's 16 CFR Part 1203.
In order to continuously monitor the quality of helmets being sold to the public, Snell purchases and tests samples of currently certified helmets from the marketplace. These helmets are tested only in Snell labs by Snell technicians. Helmets that meet Snell Standards carry a tamper-proof foil label stuck to the liner on the inside of the helmet.
SA-2010 is the current helmet standard for competitive automotive sports. This standard includes tests for impact, penetration by projectiles, chemical resistance, fire resistance, and ease of removal.
SAH-2010 is the new standard introduced for SA2010 helmets that have been pre-drilled and also have pre-installed M6 threaded holes at HANS Device mounting points.
SA-2015 Although we are currently in the calender year 2015, the Snell SA2015 Auto Racing Helmets will not be available for release until October 2015. Therefore, for the majority of the 2015 race season, the Snell SA2010 Helmets will continue to be the preferred and accepted technology for all levels of auto racing in the U.S. and Canada.
M-2010 is the current helmet standard for use in motorcycling. Many auto racing sanctions and tracks allow the use of M rated helmets by their competitors, but keep in mind that M rated helmets are not designed for the rigors of auto racing and do not posses the fire retardant properties of an SA rated helmet. We highly recommend the use of SA rated helmets for auto racing even if an M helmet is legal in your sanction or class.
Junior/Youth Helmet SFI 24.1 rating came about in 2002 to specifically address the youth market. The stringent testing by the SFI Foundation has made it possible to provide similar protection as the Snell SA helmets with helmets designed specifically for the smaller physique of junior drivers.
The Snell Foundation establishes new helmet standards every 5 years.