Regulation (K)3 in the MSA Yearbook has been amended to require all fire extinguishers to be serviced in accordance with the manufacturers guidelines, or every 24 months, whichever is sooner.
This regulation change was ratified by Motor Sports Council for 01 January 2018 implementation. Unfortunately, there was an error in the rule changes notification sheet published in October 2017, which indicated an incorrect date of implementation of 01 January 2019. It has been confirmed that this regulation is as per the MSA Yearbook, effective as of 01 January 2018.
To summarise, where an extinguisher is required by the discipline regulations, it must now be serviced in accordance with (K)3. If you have any doubts, please feel free to contact the MSA Technical Department for further clarification or assistance.
For FIA-homologated fire extinguisher systems, the servicing must always be carried out by the manufacturer or their approved agent to maintain the validity of the homologation. Current regulations for non-homologated systems do not require the service to be carried out by the manufacturer or their agent. Before submitting an extinguisher for service check with the manufacturer, because servicing outside of the manufacturer’s network may affect their recognition of that product.