ccjdigital reports on Stoughton Trailers upgraded rear underride guard.
The article discusses Stoughton’s new rear underride guard, which was tested at IIHS on May 5, 2016, as part of the Underride Roundtable and performed well in the 30% offset crash at 35 mph. I would like to see them tested at higher speeds to see how they perform under more severe conditions.
“After thorough testing, we are confident that this design will set the new standard for rear underride safety in our industry,” said Stoughton Trailers President and CEO Bob Wahlin. “We place such a high value on the safety of both our customers and the driving public that we have chosen to provide this improved level of safety and performance as a standard feature — and at no additional cost.”
The company also said the underride guard design complies with all U.S. and Canadian regulations. In December, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed a rule that would require underride guards on the back of all trailers. Most trailers sold in the U.S. – 93 percent according to NHTSA – already comply with the proposed rulemaking.
I appreciate Stoughton’s stated commitment to safety and their ability to provide greater protection at “no additional cost.” I hope that that serves as a powerful precedent.