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MGA Research Corporation is a world leader in independent safety testing and equipment solutions.



MGA’s goal has always been to provide customers with superior testing capabilities matched with unbeatable service through constantly evaluating industry trends and customer needs. As the industry continues to evolve, the associates at MGA are eager to build on our past history and are excited about meeting the challenges of the future.


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Equipment and Testing

Our equipment philosophy starts with the challenges facing our customers, continues with a collaborative internal approach to develop appropriate equipment, and culminates with an array of innovative and proven solutions available to our customer base.

Structural / Static

MGA’s Structural Series equipment solutions are hydraulic-based quasi-static systems that are designed to perform testing according to specific regulations.

  • Seat and Seat Belt Anchorage System
  • Head Restraint Test System
  • Roof and Side Crush Test System
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A dynamic impact system generally consists of four parts: control and propulsion system, dynamic impact frame, dynamic impactor, and data acquisition system.

  • Free-Motion Headform (FMH) Test System
  • Linear and Pendulum Impact System
  • Ejection Mitigation System
  • Pedestrian Impact System
  • Blast/Drop Impact Simulation System
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Test options range from full scale approaches utilizing Proving Grounds, to in-lab solutions in which test durations are reduced to only include damaging content.

  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Servo-hydraulic Simulation Testing
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MGA has developed test equipment and facilities to perform testing on cells, modules, and battery packs of all sizes, from a pacemaker battery to a full vehicle.

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We have developed innovative pneumatic pyroshock simulation systems that yield highly repeatable results.

  • Small Article System
  • Large Article System
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MGA has been involved in automotive testing since the founding of the company in 1977. From the early stages of development through the mass production stages, MGA provides services to help ensure our customers’ needs are met.


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Crash Components

MGA offers a number of stand-alone systems that are used to perform crash tests per official standards and protocols. The design of this equipment has been continually improved over the last 30 years, in conjunction with industry evolution, by the associates who operate the equipment daily.

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MGA offers customers a number of control/measurement units that perform standard functions, typically part of normal laboratory operations.

  • Dynamic Propulsion System
  • Dynamic Impact Workstation
  • Hydraulic Controller
  • Velocity Measurement System
  • Pneumatic Life Cycle Controller
  • Power Life Cycle Controller
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MGA Enhances Scanning Capabilities

August 29, 2023
In the pursuit of precision and innovation within the automotive industry, scanning has emerged as a transformative technology. Scanning refers to the process of collecting three-dimensional images using an optical measuring device. A scanner operates by projecting light onto a test object, while embedded cameras analyze the object’s surface to determine its composition. Over the […]
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MGA Upgrades Equipment Following Changes to FMVSS 223

July 28, 2023

In the past, when passenger vehicles collided with the rear end of trailers or semi-trucks, the results were often catastrophic. The low height of many light vehicles resulted in the car’s front end slipping beneath the trailer, often leading to passenger fatalities upon impact. To address this safety concern, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration […]

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FMVSS 214 Crash Test Requirements

July 13, 2023

FMVSS 214 Crash Test Requirements and MGA Research Corporation’s Contribution Side impact collisions and off-the-road crashes are some of the deadliest types of car accidents one can experience. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, angle collisions alone caused over 9,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2021. To address this issue, Federal Motor Vehicle […]

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Vibration Capabilities

June 23, 2023

MGA’s Vibration Capabilities Continue to Grow The last time you traveled on a rugged road, you probably experienced the discomfort of your vehicle shaking unpleasantly. These vibrations may have just been a minor annoyance to you, but they represent a major concern to manufacturers in the transportation industry. Vibrations incurred during travel are one of […]

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MGA laboratories are established in many North American locations close to various OEM, supplier, or other clusters that support specific industries.

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