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NEW PCA RULE FOR 2019 DE events
By Fred Pack, DE instructor
Henry Hoeh, Metro’s Track Chair, has asked me to write this article about the new PCA rule so that all DE participants will understand the new requirements.
In brief, PCA has mandated a new rule for all DE events: If you replace the built-in ‘3-point’ seat belts with ‘track belts’, your seats, as before, must have appropriate slots for the belts to fit through, and you now (and any passenger) must use a HANS (‘Head and Neck Support’) device.
Here is the full text of the Rule, as published on the PCA web site:
Harness Systems
If the participant chooses to install a five, six, or seven point driving harness, several changes to the automobile must be made to create a safe occupant restraint system. Harnesses must:
• Include an antisubmarine strap.
• Five, six or seven point SFI or FIA approved competition harnesses are required and must be properly mounted in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications. Belts must be replaced no later than five years after the date of manufacture. It is left to the owners discretion as to whether the belts should be replaced more frequently than required.
• Have all harness attachment points secured/mounted in an approved manner consistent with the manufacturer’s instructions.
• Be used in conjunction with a seat that has the supplied routing holes for the shoulder and antisubmarine belts.
• Have the shoulder straps mounted in an approved manner consistent with the manufacturer’s instructions.
The participant should BE AWARE that the addition of such a seat and harness sys- tem results in the occupant being fastened upright in the vehicle. Therefore, in order to have a COMPLETE SYSTEM, a properly padded roll bar or roll cage is recom- mended, and an approved head and neck restraint device is required. A head and neck restraint device certified as meeting the standards of either SFI 38.1 or FIA 8858 or its successor is required. The use of such a harness system without roll protection and a head and neck restraint device may result in an unsafe environment and is not a COMPLETE SYSTEM. Roll bars or cages and their installation must meet PCA Club Racing Standards.
When using a head and neck restraint device, it is recommended that one follow the SFI Recertification process for the head and neck restraint device. The instructions for this can be found on the device. Additionally, it is recommended that the straps be replaced every five years. The SFI standard requires seat belt to be replaced every two years based on date of manufacture. The FIA standard requires the seat belt to be replaced every five years based on date of manufacture. It is left to the driver’s discre- tion as to whether the belts should be replaced more frequently than required.
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