MGA has been a leader in child restraint testing for global manufacturers over the last two decades. After years of supporting manufacturers and governing bodies, MGA decided to expand its testing capability to its Canadian facility established in 2012 in Mississauga, Ontario. Transportation Canada defines child restraint testing as CMVSS 213 where it shares various similarities to FMVSS 213. The Canadian market has witnessed an increasing need of child restraint testing. We expanded this capability to our Canadian operations resulting in less travel and lead time for our local customer base.
CMVSS 213 measures the safety of the child restraint in the event of a frontal collision. MGA conducts this testing by using an accelerator sled and test fixtures to simulate a full-frontal impact inside of a vehicle. MGA equips the test fixtures with high speed cameras and sensors to record detailed data. This allows engineers to evaluate structural integrity and determine if the restraint meets the injury criteria limits set by the standard. The standard requires the measurement of head acceleration, chest acceleration, bodily excursion for forward facing child restraints, and maximum rotation angle for rear facing child restraints. All MGA personnel that perform CMVSS 213 testing hold Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) certificates and undergo comprehensive training on child seat testing.
MGA looks to deepen its support of the industry and facilitate the development efforts of local manufacturers through its Canadian Operations. MGA performs child restraint testing at three of its facilities: Canada, Wisconsin, and Virginia.