Safety and Occupation Protection
Safety testing is the cornerstone of MGA. It defines the ability of a vehicle to protect occupants during crash events. How a vehicle or component performs during safety testing is critical to the manufacturer. MGA’s staff of test engineers have decades of experience in all aspects of safety testing.
Defining the Requirement
The most commonly used phrase in vehicle commercial and print ads is “five-star crash test rating”, which means that particular vehicle received the highest rating possible during government testing. For each manufacturer and supplier, their goal is to provide the highest level of safety possible for their product. However, for the suppliers, the trick for most is figuring out which standards apply to your product. That is where MGA can help you. Industry-defined standards such as FMVSS, ECE, and SAE are used to evaluate many different types of safety scenarios. The set of tests required for your product is dependent on the product itself. The most common safety products include:
- Full vehicles including passenger cars, light trucks, SUVs
- Airbags (frontal, passenger, side curtain, seat, etc.)
- Seats including head restraints and airbag suppression systems
- Instrument panel and cockpit assemblies
- Roof structures
Types of Tests
Almost everyone can associate the words crash test to something they have seen on TV. Popular news shows regularly do segments on the latest government crash test results. Long before the government tests the vehicle, hundreds or thousands of tests have been conducted on the vehicle and its safety components. These include:
- Full-vehicle crash testing including frontal, side, rollover
- Sled testing to evaluate unbelted/belted occupant use
- Crash simulation evaluating moving objects or projectiles (e.g. luggage)
- Head impact testing to determine head impact injury values
- Static and synchronized airbag deployment
- Seat anchorage strength and belt pull testing
- Bumper evaluation including under-ride on large trucks
Other Transportation Industries
All other transportation industries (transit, bus, railcar, plane, etc.) also have similar test standards like the automotive industry. MGA has years of experience working with these other industries as well. Industry-defined standards such as APTA, MIL-STD, and SAE are used to test specific scenarios related to that particular industry.
Facilities and Personnel
- MGA’s safety staff includes veteran engineers from varying disciplines with years of experience as well as young engineers eager to learn.
- Extensive laboratories include equipment capable of conducting any safety test.
- Seminars for customers are held regularly to train them in various safety tests and keep up-to-date with government activities and proposed changes to standards.
- Dozens of research and technical papers have been written supporting the development of safety test procedures and test methodologies.
- The staff at MGA is well suited to meet challenging test schedules, and welcomes the opportunity to handle both small and large projects.