HAR­NESS PO­SI­TION­ING

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When it comes to fit­ting a har­ness, you need to take ex­treme care in po­si­tion­ing the fix­ing points. You not only need to en­sure the har­ness is fit­ted to an ad­e­quately strong area of the car, but also need to con­sider the route the har­ness straps too.

There are ac­tu­ally guide­lines and fit­ting in­struc­tions avail­able from most har­ness man­u­fac­tur­ers to en­sure they are fit­ted cor­rectly. Fit­ting a har­ness in­cor­rectly is in­cred­i­bly dan­ger­ous so if you have any doubts at all speak to some­one in the know be­fore you start.

As a rule of thumb the har­ness straps need to be kept as straight as pos­si­ble. Start­ing with the shoul­der straps, imag­ine draw­ing a hor­i­zon­tal line off the driver’s shoul­ders. The op­er­at­ing an­gle of the shoul­der straps is any­where from this hor­i­zon­tal line to 40degs be­low. So, bolt­ing the har­nesses into the floor im­me­di­ately be­hind the driver’s seat is no good.

As for the lap straps, imag­ine draw­ing a line down­ward to the floor from the driver’s spine. The lap straps should be fixed ap­prox­i­mately 45degs to­wards the rear from this imag­i­nary line.

If you don’t fix the har­nesses in th­ese cor­rect po­si­tions you run the risk of se­ri­ous in­jury in the event of an ac­ci­dent, so take care to fol­low th­ese in­struc­tions.

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