IIHS calls for stronger truck underride guards (Video)

  • 16-Mar-2011 04:54 EDT

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released dramatic video of recent testing to underscore its call for the U.S. government to beef up standards on rear underguards on tractor-trailers. For trailers on which guards already are required, the group wants NHTSA (U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) to mandate they be stronger. It also wants NHTSA to mandate fitment of guards to a larger range of trailers and trucks. IIHS President Adrian Lund noted that under current NHTSA certification standards, "the trailer, guards, bolts, and welding need not be tested as a whole system. That's a big part of the problem" and should be remedied in new regulations. NHTSA estimates that 423 people in passenger vehicles die each year when their vehicles strike the back of a large truck. In a study from 2001 to 2003, NHTSA found that underride occurred in 78% of such crashes.

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