HANS device

Patent

Original HANS device United States Patent

4,638,510 – Neck protection device with occupant of a high performance vehicle

Inventor: Robert P. Hubbard

Patent Abstract:

A neck protection device (10)for a driver (10) or other occupant of a high performnace vehicle adapted to reduce motions or loading in the neck and upper torso is described. The device includes in combination a stiff yoke (12) with a high collar (11) extending up from the yoke and a set of tethers (15, 15a and 15b) for attachment to the lateral and rear portions of a helmet (16) and collar. The high collar extends upward to adjacent the center of gravity of the head and helmet which is at about eye level of the occupant. The tethers on the collar allow needed head movements and yet reduce the potential for fatigue and crash injury by carrying forces which would otherwise be transmitted through the neck and by reducing extreme motions of the neck.

Full Text of US Patent 4,638,510 – Neck protection device with occupant of a high performance vehicle

Additional related Patents:

6,009,566 – Head and Neck Support for Racing

Trademark:

Trademark Registration of “HANS” for use with medical apparatus, namely a head and neck restraint for a driver of a vehicle to prevent injury

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