The date the belts expire are posted right on the seatbelt. There is no reason to be running outdated belts. I can assure you that date is not posted on there just so the companies can make money off of your team buying belts every two seasons. The belts just experience so much stress during an accident that running outdated belts could be potentially dangerous.

So what if you have run two seasons on a set of belts and they look perfectly fine? You've done a good job of keeping your car out of the wall, and you've kept your belts in top-notch shape. But now your sanctioning body is telling you that you have to spend the money on getting a new set of belts. It sounds unfair, doesn't it?

Well, G-Force Racing Gear has a program just for these types of situations, but it also works for seatbelts that have been cut or frayed. They call it their re-webbing program. You can send back your outdated or damaged belts to their location in Roswell, Georgia, and they will spend two to three weeks inspecting the belts for wear, discarding the old webbing and replacing it with new as necessary. The best thing about this program is that it not only saves you money, but G-Force will also recertify the belts, replacing the crucial outdated SFI safety label with a brand-new one that will ensure another two years of use.

Conclusion The safety revolution has really taken off in the past 10 years in the racing world, and rightfully so; cars are faster than ever. Unfortunately, teams often forget how dangerous racing really is, and in the crunch to make every dollar go as far as possible, the temptation is to spend those precious dollars on performance items instead of safety items. Do everything to make certain that you do not fall into these traps. All it takes is the failure of a key safety item during an accident, and the money you saved by not replacing the item is wasted in medical bills.

But it's not just money; it's also a time issue. Most racers I know work full-time jobs outside of racing. When you are pressed for time, with every minute going to taking care of maintenance, repairs, and setup for the next race, items such as seatbelts can so easily be overlooked. Doing so routinely, however, is a dangerous practice and sets you up for failure. Consider adding a quick inspection of your seatbelts to your pre-race checklist that you use in the shop. It doesn't have to be a long, tedious process. Simply glancing at your belts from week to week will go a long way to ensuring yours or your driver's safety.

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