FAQ -Frequently Asked Questions:
Q - When an off-the-shelf helmet has an impact greater than its manufacturer’s ‘G’ rating, how fast does the airbag inflate to increase protection to the new higher G load?
A – The inflation time is a fraction of a second.
Q - How many helmet impact G’s can the airbag helmet protect against?
A – We set the protection at 100 G’s; customer may order a different setting.
Q – After the airbag inflates, how long does it stay inflated?
A – the airbag “protection high inflation mode” lasts a few seconds then the airbag drops inflation to normal helmet manufacturer’s G rating.
Q – After the airbag “protection high inflation mode” is triggered, is the helmet hard to get off (and on)?
A – after a few seconds the protection inflation mode inflation returns to normal helmet manufacturer’s G rating and helmet may be removed as usual.
Q – after “protection high inflation mode” is triggered can the helmet still be worn?
A – Yes, but the “protection high inflation mode” must be reset on the side line. Helmet can be worn normally but will not have the “protection high inflation mode”
Q – Does the airbag inflation mechanism add weight to the helmet?
A – yes it adds a few ounces. But concussion protection is greatly increased.
Q – Can my equipment people install the airbag inflation mechanism themselves?
A – Depends upon the helmet, but usually anyone can install the mechanism with training
Q – How long does the inflation mechanism last?
A – There is a 5 year parts limited warranty.
Q – How long does it take to reset the mechanism on the side-lines?
A – about 2 minutes. Maybe faster with practice.
Q – Is there a model you sell that can reset itself?
A – under development.
Q – is the airbag helmet safe?
A – Yes, pressure is limited to 100 G’s which will not harm the wearer..
Q – once the airbag triggers, if not reset, can helmet be worn normally and perform normally (to its manufacturer’s G loading protection)
A – Yes, once the airbag deflates, the helmet protects to the manufacturer’s rating.
Q – Can I put your airbag in my helmet and inflate it to a higher G loading permanently.?
A – Yes, we sell a separate airbag that can be inflated normally like any air cells / pouch helmet to increase the manufacturers G rating as long as you have the airbag inflated.
Q – Who did the testing for your airbag helmet?
A – Snell certifies helmets to prove the level of head protection with our airbag current technology and materials. Manufactures have their own helmet testing equipment.
Q – How can I test to see that the airbag mechanism is working?
A – Strike helmet against a hard object to determine if the mechanism is operative. You will have to reset the mechanism after a test strike.
Q – can I test to assure that the airbag trigger is working without the air cylinder?
A – yes, striking the helmet against a hard surface will cause the airbag spring to trigger even without the air cylinder.
Q – What kind of helmets can your airbag mechanism be installed in?
A – virtually any helmet can have the airbag mechanism installed in it. Including ballistic helmets.
Q – can your airbag mechanism be removed after installation in a helmet?
A – Yes, it can be removed and installed in another helmet.