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IIHS recognizes semitrailers with good underride guards

After six years of research and testing multiple trailers from eight of the largest trailer manufacturers in North America, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded five of these a new safety ranking recognizing underride guards designed to prevent injury and death caused by rear-end passenger car collisions with semitrailers.
According to IIHS, an “underride guard is the metal bumper that hangs from the back of a semitrailer. The idea is to stop a smaller vehicle from sliding beneath a high-riding trailer in a rear-impact crash to preserve survival space for the people inside the lower-riding vehicle. All underride guards must meet federal safety standards, but IIHS research and crash tests have shown that many underride guards can buckle or break off in a crash. When guards fail, the resulting underride crashes often result in death or serious injury to people in passenger vehicles.”
David Zuby, the IIHS executive vice president and chief research officer says that “Our research told us that too many people die in crashes with large trucks because underride guards are too weak. So we designed crash tests to replicate scenarios where guards have failed in real-world crashes. At first, only one of the semitrailers we evaluated passed all three tests — the Manac. Now five trailers do. Manufacturers really took our findings to heart and voluntarily improved their guard designs.”
Original Source: http://www.iihs.org/iihs/news/desktopnews/iihs-recognizes-semitrailers-with-good-underride-guards
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