Beginning in 2017, SFI Foundation, Inc. (SFI) is changing the way its labels for Driver Restraints, Window Nets, and Roll Cage Nets are dated.
SFI is implementing a New Label design which will remove the punched-out month/year date of manufacture and instead incorporate a single expiration date pre-printed on the label. This system will eliminate the need for punch-dating of labels and aims to facilitate technical inspection of dated products in the field.
New Labels will start being used after January 1, 2017. An example of the new label (right), next to the old label (left) for comparison, is shown here:
The new labels will be used for the following SFI products:
Driver Restraints: SFI Specs 16.1, 16.2, 16.5, and 16.6
Window Nets: SFI Spec 27.1
Roll Cage Nets: SFI Spec 37.1
Labels will come out in 6-month segments per the below chart. These certified items may still be used for 2 years, the service life has not changed.
Be aware that product manufacturers are allowed to use the discontinued punch-date style labels (above left) until their existing supply runs out. Therefore, you may see the old style labels on Driver Restraints and Window Nets/Roll Cage Nets for a while. Restraints or Nets with the old label may also still be used until they expire, which is 2 years from the date of manufacture punched on the tag.
Please direct any questions about the new label dating system to the SFI office.