The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has just released a report on recent crash testing for one trailer manufacturer’s improved design for their rear underride guard. Vanguard has now passed the 50% overlap test–with testing still needed for the more narrow overlap test at the edges of the trailer’s guard.
Additional companies have plans to get their guards tested in the future.
Our story is featured in this fall’s edition of the organization’s Status Report. We are thankful for their efforts to research and report on this vital truck safety issue. Their previous reports helped us to better understand the weakness of the current federal regulations for underride guards.
Read the report here: IIHS Status Report October 2014
Also, the Truck Safety Coalition has issued a press release on this issue: http://trucksafety.org/press-release-industry-makes-improvements-while-rule-for-better-underride-languishes/
Link to IIHS Status Report Issues: http://www.iihs.org/iihs/sr
November 2015 IIHS Status Report with an update on Single Unit Truck Underride Rulemaking: http://www.iihs.org/iihs/sr/statusreport/article/50/9/2