We just got a message from Simpson letting us know that they have run into counterfeit head and neck restraint systems being sold on the market. These are being confused with Simpson’s excellent Hybrid systems–but don’t have the same quality and very likely won’t protect you as well. So to protect you, we’re helping get the word out. Simpson put together this very helpful information including how to identify a counterfeit unit. Check it out and make sure you are properly protected.
Counterfeit devices have been obtained by Simpson Performance Products and the matter is under investigation. If you have a non-carbon head and neck restraint device labeled Hutchens Hybrid Pro with a 2013 SFI 38.1 label, this device may not be genuine. If this device does not have “box X” stitching on the tethers, it is not genuine. See the pictures below. There are other differences between the counterfeit device and a genuine device that trained inspectors can identify. If you suspect that you have such a device and you are currently attending a racing event, immediately present the device to technical officials at the event. Or, present the device to Simpson Performance personnel at the event. If you are not at an event, contact Simpson at one of the phone numbers listed at simpsonraceproducts.com as soon as possible. Warning: usage of any device that is counterfeit and does not have appropriate SFI labeling could result in serious injury or death. Counterfeit products have not been tested by SFI and there is no way to know whether such products meet SFI standards.