In the future, the rear underrun protection, which is legally required for trucks and their trailers, should become even more secure. In order to better protect car occupants in rear-end collisions with trucks, Europe is defining new safety requirements.
The responsible body of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has been working for several years on new safety standards for the rear underrun protection of trucks. As a result, this body finally adopted the 03 series of amendments to UNECE Regulation No 58 for underrun guards.
An underrun protection for trucks now not only has to have different geometrical properties than before, but also withstand almost twice as strong testing forces in a strength test. By September 2021 at the latest, all vehicles placed on the market shall comply with the requirements of the 03 series of amendments to UNECE Regulation No 58.
In some cases, considerable modifications to the design of the vehicle manufacturers are possible. While there are hardly any changes for vehicles of categories M, N1 and O1 and O2 and furthermore only geometrical requirements have to be met, the requirements for heavy commercial vehicles (N2, N3, O3, O4) have been significantly tightened.
This development is very accommodated by the design-related advantages of our products. The foaming of corresponding profiles with metallurgical connection leads to an enormous increase of rigidity and strength as well as to higher energy absorption in the event of an impact. In existing underrun protection profiles our 3D foam parts can be inserted. As a result, they also meet the new requirements.
We are happy to discuss with you the possibilities for your requirements.