Bodyworn Airbag Protection Specialists

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR MY AIR JACKET TO INFLATE AND DEFLATE?

The Helite Air Bag System inside your Air Jacket will inflate in less than a tenth of a second and will stay inflated to support and protect the rider for 15 – 20 seconds.
It will take 2-3 minutes for the Air Jacket to deflate completely, unscrewing and removing the canister will speed this up significantly.
The Air Jacket can be unclipped and removed from the rider immediately at any time.

HOW CAN AN AIRVEST PROTECT ME?

When inflated Helite airbag devices offer advanced safety & protection. They protect the vital organs of the upper body as well as the chest, ribs, collarbone, lungs, abdomen, pancreas and pelvis. Due to the unique orientation of the airbag it is capable of providing superior stability to the head, neck, and entire vertebral column. The airbag is specifically designed to meet the bottom of the helmet to ensure optimal coverage and support to the neck in the event of an accident. The inflation of the air bag at the cervical (neck) region provides support to the head, delaying the head strike and significantly reducing whiplash or traumatic brain injuries.

Helite Airbag products are made from the best motorcycle orientated fabrics which are designed for their durability & excellent resistance to abrasion. The airbag is protected by Cordura, a 1000 denier strength highly abrasion resistant material. The fabrics have been meticulously tested at speeds in excess of 150mph. Independent journalist tests have also showed a sliding crash at 62MPH with the same HELITE airbag vest requires at least 6 slides before having to consider any repair work. All Helite products exceed PR EN1621 level 4 safety standards.

CAN I REUSE MY AIRVEST AFTER AN INFLATION?

Helite air vests are designed to be reusable, by simply re-setting the mechanical lanyard system and changing the CO2 canister. As long as the airvest is in good condition (no holes, tears) following your accident then YES you can reuse it. You can reset the system yourself in a matter of minutes by following the instructions in your user manual or by watching one of our handy “How To” youtube videos. The only item you MUST REPLACE following an inflation is the Helite CO2 canister these are available to purchase from our website or from a certified Helite dealer. Please do not be tempted to buy cheap CO2 canister imitations elsewhere as they often are not the same and we cannot guarantee they will function efficiently in the event of an accident.
With it being a safety device we recommend annual servicing of all Helite airbag products, however we do also recommend that you send your airvest back to us in the event of a serious accident or if you are unsure of the damage your airvest may have sustained.
For an instructional video on how to change your co2 canister click this link – How to change a co2 canister
Please send all service items back to:
Helite UK Service Centre
Green Lane Farm
Stainburn Lane
Leathley
Otley
LS21 2LF

WHERE & HOW DO I ATTACH MY LANYARD?

The basics of the mechanical airbag system is very simple: the less the lanyard is stretched, the faster the airbag is triggered. Hence the importance of adjusting the length of your cord to be as short as possible without obstructing your freedom of movement.

For Motorbikes we recommend attaching the lanyard under the seat to a solid part of the bike frame (tubing, thick metal crosses). Please avoid attaching the lanyard around any bit of the bike which is sharp, may rub excessively or is likely to overheat and possibly burn the lanyard material. The lanyard should ideally be situated at your most centred point of gravity i.e. directly under where you sit – Please DO NOT attach the tether to your handlebars!

For Equestrian users we recommend attaching the saddle strap to your stirrup bars NOT your D-rings as the leather attaching the rings to the saddle may break in the event of a fall. Shorten the saddle strap so it is as tight as it will possibly go. All you then have to do is clip yourself on when you mount your horse. You should be able to comfortably stand half way up in your stirrups (e.g. rising trot) and the lanyard should be taught. If you feel the lanyard is still too long then you can just tie several knots in it to shorten it – this will not effect its functionality. First and foremost the lanyard attachment must be comfortable and not restrict your normal range of movement however please do be mindful that the longer the lanyard is, the longer it will effectively take to activate the airvest in an event of a fall.
For an instructional video click this link – How to attach a lanyard

WILL MY AIRVEST ACCIDENTALLY INFLATE?

Accidental deployments are extremely rare however they can still happen. The force required for the initiation of the airbag is around 30kg for adult airvest’s. If a rider forgets to detach from their bike or horse, they will feel a strong tension on the vest or jacket before the airbag is triggered. As driving in the car, if you do not unclip the seat belt before stepping out you remain hooked. It becomes a habit to attach and detach and with time you feel a bit ‘naked’ if you ride without clipping in the airbag.

HOW DO I CLEAN MY AIRVEST?

Helite airvest’s and jackets can be cleaned and are done so at the servicing process back at the Helite UK Service Centre. You can however spot clean at home yourself or in the case of the Helite Vented and Touring air jackets you can remove the airbag system and wash the jacket exteriors.

Washing machines and dryers are strictly prohibited for all vests except soft-shell zip-out outers. The airbag vest can be washed by hand without drowning the mechanical part of the system. We recommend that you energetically scrub with a brush in warm soapy water (no detergent, products may alter the fabric). For fluorescent yellow vests, baby wipes are very effective. Do not rub hard on the retroreflective parts.

CAN I TAKE MY HELITE AIR VEST AND CO2 CANISTERS ON A PLANE?

Yes legally, you can take your airbag with CO2 canister on a plane in a checked bag. The CO2 canister is considered non-flammable dangerous goods. Airlines can confiscate your canister for no reason. To increase the chances that your canisters arrive safely we advise you to download and print the form for traveling with dangerous goods and leave them near the canisters and the airbag.

We also advise you to leave the canister screwed into the airbag and keep additional canisters close to the vest to help the authorities to understand what they will be used for.

Green Lane Farm
Stainburn Lane
Leathley
Otley
LS21 2LF
UK

e: info@airvest.co.uk
p: 01132 843497

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