IMPORTANT: read carefully this manual before using your helmet!
Take the time to learn what kind of protection you can reasonably expect from your helmet and how to use it properly.
ALL SAFETY EQUIPMENT HAS LIMITS
Some very low speed accidents can result in serious injury or death, EVEN WHILE WEARING A HELMET. How low is low speed? Cases of death and serious brain injury have been documented at accident speeds below 30 Kilometer per hour. Some head injuries cannot be prevented by any helmet. In fact, death or serious brain injury can occur even without a blow to the head, just like scrambling an egg without breaking the shell.
Each accident scenario is unique. Variations in speed, angle, and surface coupled with differences in individual anatomy make it impossible to predict the outcome of accidents. Although no one can accurately predict which helmets will prevent injury in which accidents, studies have repeatedly shown that we are much better off with a helmet than without one. A blow to the unprotected head from as little as one meter fall can be fatal. The helmet only protects those areas of the head which are covered. No helmet can protect the neck or areas of the head not covered by the helmet. A helmet is designed to absorb the force of a blow first by spreading it over as wide an area of the outer shell as possible, and then by the crushing of the non-resilient energy absorbing inner liner. Damage to the helmet caused by an impact is not a sign of a defect in its design or construction. In fact, it is exactly what the helmet is designed to do. If the blow is severe enough it can overcome the helmet's protective capabilities, resulting in injury or death. For more information on helmet performance or to find out what to do if your helmet is severely impacted, contact Bell Racing Europe.
DO'S AND DON'T'S
DO NOT attach anything to your helmet, except head restraint system approved by the FIA. Attachments can focus a blow in a small area. Rigid attachments can cause twisting of your head and neck in an accident which might result in serious injury or death.
DO use a helmet which is specifically designed for your chosen activity.
DO wear your helmet properly positioned and securely fastened at all times.
DO store your helmet in a cool dry place. Exposure to temperatures in excess of 60¡C can cause damage to the polystyrene inner liner, resulting in a loss of the helmet's protective capabilities.
PROPER USE OF HELMET
Step 1: POSITIONING THE HELMET ON YOUR HEAD
Step 2: FITTING THE HELMET
Step 3: CHECKING THE FIT
Step 4: CORRECTLY USING THE CHIN STRAP
WARNING: Do not use chin cups or wear strap on the point of the chin. This will increase the risk of the helmet coming off in an accident.
To unfasten the strap and remove your helmet, pull the "D" ring red pull tab outward (away from your face) to release the strap tension. See Diagram 3. Unthread the strap through the "D" rings. To remove your helmet grasp the chin strap halves in each hand and while pulling out- ward lift the helmet from your head. See Figure 4.
Step 5: FINAL FIT CHECK
Step 6: TEST DRIVE
ADJUSTABLE TEAR-OFFS POSTS
Using a coin or screwdriver, turn the adjustable tear-off posts so the widest part of the posts are toward the centre of the face shield. See Figure 5.
Some Bell Auto Racing helmets feature externally operated forehead vents. Slide open to experience maximum air exchange. When closed the helmet still exchanges air, but at a lower rate.
WARNING: Some helmets have air vents which may act as a conduit for vapour, heat, or flames in the vent of fire, which could result in severe injury or death.
OPERATION AND REPLACEMENT OF FACE SHIELDS
"SV" SHIELD REPLACEMENT:
NOTICE: It is the driver's responsibility to determine if this helmet affords adequate vision and hearing. We recommend the use of earplugs to reduce the likelihood of permanent damage to your hearing.
WARNING: Do not use solvents or any petroleum based cleaners, as they will damage the helmet's energy absorbing liner. Do not attempt to force dry your helmet with heat. Temperatures in excess of 60¡C can cause damage.
Bell Racing Europe offer to all Bell helmet owners the possibility to have their helmet decorated by our painting service with the guarantee that the work carried out will not affect the original protective qualities of the helmet. Our experience over the past years in the painting of Formula One and other professional drivers' helmets has enabled us to reproduce practically every design and colors possible. Bell Racing Europe painting service is the only official painting service in Europe. Each painted helmet is accompanied by an official certificate including a color picture of the helmet and confirming its conformity with the FIA safety regulations. We offer competitive prices, good delays and a recognized name in this area. Contact Bell Racing Europe if you have any questions or for further information on the official painting service.
REPAIR AND INSPECTON SERVICE
Even if your helmet has not been impacted, we recommend that it be replaced periodically (every five (5) years), to take advantage of advances in helmet design and construction.
IMPORTANT WARNING • ABOUT PRODUCT LIMITATIONS
Any Bell Racing helmet determined by Bell Racing Europe to be defective in materials or workmanship within two (2) years from the date of original retail purchase will be repaired or replaced, at Bell's option, free of charge when received at the factory freight prepaid, together with proof of purchase. This warranty is expressly in lieu of all other warranties. Any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose are limited to the same duration as this express warranty. Bell shall not be liable for any incidental or consequential damages. Some countries/states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of implied warranties, incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations and exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty does not cover damage resulting from misuse, abuse, neglect, alteration, failure to perform maintenance as instructed, or unauthorized modification, repair or service. This warranty does not cover any representation or warranty made by dealers beyond the provisions of this warranty. You must establish proof of purchase to obtain warranty service or replacement. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you also have other rights which vary from country to country or state to state.
If you have any questions about your Bell Racing product, please contact Bell Racing Europe.