A specially appointed committee reviewing truck underride guard safety is weighing whether to recommend that federal regulators toughen a 2022 rule on rear underride guards.
An aftermarket device that attaches to the sides of a tractor-trailer successfully prevented a midsize car from sliding underneath the trailer in a 40 mph crash test, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety officials said. See crash test video.
In the case of semi-trailers, safety advocates, insurance companies and industry suppliers believe that if side underride guards are built, fleets will come and buy them.July 24, 2017
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said May 10 it supports creating a new safety mandate requiring side underride guards on semitrailers to help reduce a leading cause of truck-involved accident fatalities.
A new round of underride guard tests released last week by an insurance group showed trailer makers have made progress in protecting auto passengers during rear-end crashes, but the group said more needs to be done to enhance safety.March 18, 2013