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What is a Frontal Head Restraint?

Posted on July 13, 2017

A Frontal Head Restraint or FHR are designed to offer protection during a frontal impact. The device is worn around the drivers neck and typically held down by the safety harness. The FHR is then connected with tethers to the drivers helmet. In all, the system is meant to keep the drivers head from overextending and breaking his/her neck during a frontal impact.

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Basically with the safety harness over the shoulder supports of the FHR system, when the vehicle makes a frontal impact, the safety harness holds the FHR system tight to the drivers body. With the helmet tethered to the FHR, frontal movement is limited protecting the drivers head and neck from serious damage.

Accel Frontal Head Restraint

Think about it this way, without the FHR, your safety harness will do a great job keeping your body from moving forward but what about your head? There is absolutely nothing to stop your head from moving forward without an FHR which can place immense strain on your neck. Couple that with the weight of your head already plus the weight of your helmet and it’s a receipt for disaster without an FHR. The most common injury in motorsports is the Basilar skull fracture which can be fatal.

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The vast majority of professional racing series have made FHR with an SFI rating of 38.1 mandatory in recent years. With all of the science behind FHR and motorsports injuries, all drivers should be equipped with a FHR regardless of the division they race in from NASCAR to junior drags to legend cars. Safety is of the utmost importance and a FHR will provide that next level of safety.


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