MSA Blue Book Guidance

Extract From 2016 MSA Blue Book

Please see the extract below from the 2016 Motorsports Association Blue Book. Please note that Hedtec helmets are not motorcycle helmets and should never be used for public highway use, they are competition car or kart helmets only.

10.3.1. Standards. Helmets bearing one of the under mentioned ‘standards’ may be approved by the MSA subject to other criteria being met. See also drawing 10.3.1.


FIA 8860-2004 (Not valid after 31.12.20)

FIA 8860-2010

FIA 8859-2015

SNELL SA2005 (Not valid after 31.12.18)

SNELL SA2010 (Not valid after 31.12.23)

SNELL SA2015 (Not valid after 31.12.23)

SNELL SAH2010 (Not valid after 31.12.23)

SFI Foundation 31.1A, 31.2A (Not valid after 31.12.18)


(b) In addition the following are acceptable for:

MSA National Kart Racing Events (with exception of Kart Drivers under 15 years of age, Cadet and Bambino Drivers) and MSA National Junior Drag Racing:

SNELL K98 (Not valid after 31.12.16)





(c)  For all International Events please refer to the FIA Regulations

Kart Drivers under 15 years of age, Cadet and Bambino Drivers. The weight of the helmet may be checked at any time during an event and must not weigh more than 1,550g:



Part of the approval procedure is to affix an MSA sticker to the outside of the helmet in the approximate location of the driver’s right ear. Stickers may only be affixed by selected scrutineers, by the MSA at Motor Sports House, or by selected manufacturers, after the helmet has been checked for conformity with the standard required and is considered to be in a satisfactory condition.

MSA approval stickers, for which a fee of £2.00 is charged, are printed on foil, and once individually affixed, cannot be reapplied. Note: Stickers supplied since 01/01/08 are individually numbered.

Note that helmet standards are regularly reviewed and updated, and superseded. Standards will periodically cease to be acceptable; hence an element of ‘lifing’ will always remain.

Helmets approved for use in all disciplines require a blue MSA sticker to be affixed. Helmets which are accepted for use in kart racing only require a green or yellow where applicable MSA sticker to be affixed. These stickers are available from issuing scrutineers.

MSA Drawing 10.3.1 HELMET STANDARDS 2016

10.4. FHR Device

It is permitted to incorporate the use of an FIA approved FHR Device fitted in accordance with FIA regulations and the below.

For MSA National Events in addition to helmets listed by the FIA as recognised for use with FHR, helmets to Snell SA2015 and Snell SAH2010 are accepted subject to the anchorage points being marked as homologated to FIA 8858-2010.

For Frontal Head Restraint Compeitor Guidance Please Click This Link: FHR-Guidance-2016 (MSA Document)