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MSA Helmet Regulation - 2014

10.1. Crash helmets bearing an MSA approval sticker must be worn at all times during training, practice and competition. The user must ensure that the helmet is to a standard currently specified (10.3.1), that it fits properly, is secured properly and that it is in a subject to other criteria being met.


FIA 8860-2004.

FIA 8860-2010.



SNELL SA2000*.



SFI Foundation 31.1A, 31.2A.

BS 6658 Type A/FR**.

*May be withdrawn with effect from 01/01/15.

**May be withdrawn with effect from 01/01/16.


(b) In addition the following are acceptable for:

International and MSA National Kart Racing Events (with exception of Kart Drivers under 15 years of age,

Cadet and Bambino Drivers):

  • SNELL K98 and K2005
  • SNELL K2010
  • SNELL – FIA CMR2007
  • SNELL – FIA CMS2007

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:

  • SNELL – FIA CMR2007
  • SNELL – FIA CMS2007

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Note that helmet standards are regularly reviewed and updated, and superseded.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.