New web videos from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) offer an insider’s look at the Institute’s crash test facility in Ruckersville, Va. In “Inside IIHS,” engineers at the IIHS Vehicle Research Center explain crash test programs and highlight some of the equipment they use in their research. The videos include:
• Crash test dummies at work;
• Frontal offset testing;
• Measuring roof strength;
• The crash propulsion system;
• Rating children’s booster seats; and
• Side testing.
These videos are very good and are instructive. In the latest video, engineers put truck underride guards to the test. Most folks have seen the steel bars that hang from the backs of semitrailers. But lots of them don’t realize what they actually are. These underride guards are supposed to keep smaller vehicles from sliding underneath a large truck in a crash. When the guards don’t work, the consequences can be deadly. “Inside IIHS: Understanding underride” explains that IIHS embarked on this program after researchers found that underride crashes continued to kill people in passenger vehicles despite big improvements in crash protection. That’s because a passenger vehicle’s structure and airbags can’t do their job when an underride event occurs. The video shows how the tests were conducted and explains the results, which demonstrated that most trailers still need better guards.
The eight videos in the “Inside IIHS” series are available on its YouTube channel. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses — deaths, injuries and property damage — from crashes on the nation’s roads. In my opinion, the IIHS does outstanding work and provides a most important service in the field of auto safety.
Source: Claims Journal
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