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SFI Decertifies All Impact Racing Products

March 26th, 2010

Orders Refunds To All Impact Racing Customers

Racers using Impact Racing safety equipment will need to make significant changes within the next month.

The SFI Foundation, Inc., which certifies safety equipment for auto racing and other applications, has issued a “Notice of Decertification,” and an order of Cease and Desist, which terminates all contracts of participation to Impact Racing.

The order goes into effect April 27, 2010. The order pertains to all products manufactured and/or distributed by Impact Racing in relation to SFI Specification Programs 3.2A, 3.3, 16.1 and 16.5.

According to a statement by the SFI Foundation on its Web site, SFI has evidence that over a period of years Impact Racing has engaged in production and use of counterfeit SFI conformance labels and patches and affixed them to Impact products that had not been properly certified by SFI. According to the statement, “Impact Racing never advised its customers that its products contained phony SFI labels and patches.”

As well, SFI has “directed Impact to immediately notify all affected customers to remove the counterfeit labeling and to offer the affected customers a full refund of the purchase price. SFI is requesting that all counterfeit conformance labels removed from Impact products be sent to SFI.”

SFI will terminate all contracts of participation with Impact Racing after 90 days from March 24, 2010. As a result, Impact will not be able to participate in any SFI programs after 90 days.

Impact Racing is owned and operated by former racer Bill Simpson, who built Simpson safety equipment into the sport’s leading safety company until selling it several years ago following the controversy surrounding his lawsuit against NASCAR after Dale Earnhardt’s 2001 death at Daytona Int’l Speedway.

The SFI Foundation, Inc. (SFI) is a non-profit organization established to issue and administer standards for specialty-performance automotive and racing equipment.

Many sanctioning bodies utilize SFI certifications as standards in order to compete in events under that group’s organization. In addition, some racing insurance policies require participants to utilize SFI-certified safety equipment.

Representatives with Impact Racing had no comment when contacted by phone.

Stay tuned to nationalspeedsportnews.com for additional details as they become available.

To read the complete SFI statement, log onto http://www.sfifoundation.com.

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  1. Christer Brolin
    March 28th, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I have an e-mail from SFI saying “All brand new 2009 Impact Racing suits, gloves, and boots are properly constructed and certified.” How can they decertifie just because there is a label that is incorrect. All of us are not pros that can afford buying new stuff just because the label is wrong. Christer Brolin Sweden.

  2. Nick
    March 28th, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    They are being decertified because of on going serious breaches of the terms of contract they signed with SFI. Do a little more research on SFI’s homepage (scroll down to last year’s news.. it isn’t pretty) and do a Google search for “Impact Hans counterfeit”. I doublt SFI would do something over a simple miss understanding. This has to be serious and SFI is trying to protect their creditability.

  3. Christer Brolin
    March 28th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    OK Nick. I understand and agree. As things will turn out me and all other racers that have Impact race wear are the ones who will pay the price instead of Impact. Impact will not be able to make refunds to all there customers.

    • Kevin
      May 9th, 2012 at 5:08 am

      Is all very nice, too bad they want it to be just american road and oval world chophiansmips, as the time of races is wed nights US time, thats middle of work/school day for aussies, 3am for euros.

  4. Bobby
    March 29th, 2010 at 1:56 am

    We are not a high budget race team, and we can’t afford as of now to reequip or race team with new suits and harnesses. We have a special designed suit and paid $1,900 for it. It was bought in 2009 and would like to know if it will be ok. It will be hard to get a new one even with refund in time for us to race due to our sponsors embrodering. This is going to hurt many teams and racers in an economy that is hard enough on all of us to race now.

  5. C.R. Krieger
    March 29th, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    You should check with your individual race sanctioning body to see what action they decide to take. It may be that their rule is not directly tied to SFI certification, but is worded as meeting certain requirements, such as “two layer Nomex” without reference to a particular certification. It may be that the SFI or FIA rating is simply a ‘shorthand’ method of determining that a suit, for example, meets the standard of the rules.

  6. Nick
    March 29th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    I agree it is not the racer and/or the distributors that should pay the price here! If the product is safe they need to find a way to allow it to be used.

  7. Rob
    March 31st, 2010 at 5:56 am

    I had a 3-layer race suit made by Impact just before Christmas, mine is FIA certified so I don’t have any worries with it.

    Reading up on it all last night, it looks like Impact had some racewear made in Asia, and it’s this gear that carries the counterfeit SFI labels. The people responsible for setting up that arrangement were fired last year, and where they attempted to recall all of those suits, they did state that only 70% of people responded to the recall, which means that 30% of the suits/product were still out there, and if SFI have picked up on those. According to Impact’s statements last year, there was a problem with about 15% of their gear shipped in 2007/8. So if they shipped 1000 items, that’s 300 items still out there, and if SFI have picked up on those, then it’s unfair because Impact had already issued a recall, just that customers didn’t respond.

    They have said that all 2009 production is correct, even SFI have agreed, so why they are decertifying EVERYTHING is crazy.

    I guess the HANS issue will be something similar. They probably had a buyer that found a supply of them at a discount, and wanting to save the company money, unilaterally decided to buy them in.

    The problem is that Impact didn’t own up to that soon enough, and they are no longer allowed to supply HANS posts. They can fit them, but can’t supply them.

    With all of this bad publicity, I’m not sure if I want to wear my suit now! It’s got Impact’s logo across the front and back of it as I’d done a deal with them on a top-to-toe supply.

    What I can say is that what I have is good quality, I’m pleased with it. One of the comments I read was that Impact’s suits were lighter than others because the material was allegedly thinner, well this one is heavier and thicker than my old AWS 3-layer FIA suit.

    I do hope that there’s a swift and satisfactory resolution to this fight, and that we can all go about our business without the pain of having to buy new suits.

  8. Ed
    April 1st, 2010 at 1:49 am

    All of this….is just another case of Bill SImpson….put’n to the racers again.
    I feel for ALL you racers that bought his crap….over the last few years.

  9. Randy
    May 7th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    I believe it deserves Bill Simpson right! Phony SFI lables is no laughing matter and the fact is if all you racers that own Impact stuff are pissed, you should take the time and drive to the headquartes and demand a refund in person because NO RACE GROUP, ASSOCIATION OR SANCTIONING BODY IS GOING TO LET YOU ON THE TRACK WITH ANY IMPACT GEAR….PERIOD!

    Safe or not is not the issue…..he faked some stuff, put lives in jepordy and got busted.

    Nothing would thrill me more than to have Impact go belly up and Bill Simpson have a class action lawsuit on his hands from a few thousand racers.

    What he and his company did was not only illigal but morally wrong. What racer would want to race with his shit anymore anyway?

    Face the facts, everyone with Impact gear wont pass tech and thats that!

  10. steve
    May 10th, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Rob – what’s crazy is your attitude towards this. YOU ARE GOING TO SUPPORT SOME CHEESEDIK THAT PUT YOUR SAFETY AT RISK AND PROFITED FROM IT? That is despicable – I hope Simpson and the whole bullsh*t company go bankrupt! I am disgusted and outraged by all of this…arent you?? look, I’m lucky enough never to have bought any cheesy Impact crap – but hey, I agree..IF YOU WANT TO WEAR THE SH*T by all means go for it, just don’t whine that you cant wear it in a LEGITIMATE race series that values the safety of it’s participants, and makes rules and regulations to insure it. If you are racing on THAT much of a budget that you can’t afford new gear and would prefer to save some $$ – if that is more important than your health – your spine, your skin, etc.. call me – I have some EXCELLENT penny stocks for ya….I also have some excellent opportunities in Florida real estate, Sub prime MBS, the list goes on and on. YOU ARE A IDIOT…..

  11. Carl
    June 18th, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    I have an Impact Racing 5-Point harness that I purchased and installed in December 2010. Summit tells me these are fine and are not being decertified. Am I going to have a problem at the track with belts or not?

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