NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas — Simpson Performance Products has produced an online safety video titled “15 Minutes Can Save Your Life” which promotes cockpit safety to help drivers identify key areas that are crucial to avoiding serious or fatal injuries in a crash.
First introduced at the PRI show last December, the video is available online at the Simpson Performance Products channel of YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=691_FgzuKaI
Last year, at least 21 drivers were killed in fatal motor racing accidents around the world. In ten of these accidents, the fatal injury involved the head or neck. These fatal head and neck injuries occurred to drivers in all forms of racing – short track, drag racing, rally, road racing and vintage racing. As identified in “15 Minutes Can Save Your Life,” proper seat belt installation, head restraints and head surrounds are the best way to prevent head-and-neck injuries.
“According to industry experts, the cockpit restraint system continues to be the first and most significant line of defense for driver safety,” said Chuck Davies, CEO of Simpson Performance Products. “We are encouraging drivers to take the initiative and make sure this part of the safety equation is right. It will only take 15 minutes to review a checklist on all the fundamentals.”
After a 2013 season when major safety issues emerged for professional drivers and weekend warriors alike, much attention has been paid to car construction and barriers when it comes to racing safety. But in any type of crash, the cockpit restraint system is the fundamental starting point for other safety systems to work. “Our field reps and in-house experts too often see that drivers do not always get all the fundamentals correct,” said Davies. “This video is an effort to reach more drivers.”
The video is a collaborative effort by the experts at Simpson who have worked regularly in the field to help improve driver safety. It reflects the heritage at Simpson of personal contact with racers in all forms of motorsports to help educate and introduce the best safety practices.
Details and information about Simpson Performance Products are available at www.teamsimpson.com or by calling 1-800-654-7223. Since 1959, Simpson Performance Products has been the leading manufacturer of safety equipment for the Motorsports industry. Simpson believes in putting safety first, and we are dedicated to elevating the standards of racing safety through continuous development, refinement and testing.