Crashworthiness

ARCCA experts have been designing and testing occupant protection systems since the 1970’s. This includes not only seats, seat belts and airbags, but also cargo retention systems, vehicular structures and child safety systems. During these tests, our experts had the rare opportunity to conduct crash testing under controlled conditions with live human subjects, as well as crash dummies, for advanced programs with the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Transportation and NIOSH. Today, these same experts continue to do research and testing and are considered the nation’s premier seatbelt, airbag, restraint, and child safety seat experts.

The seat is an integral part of the occupant protection system. It not only must carry the load of the seat belts, if equipped, but is also the primary means of restraint in rear line-of-forces impacts. The seat performs the same occupant protection role in rear impacts as the seat belt does in frontal crashes.

ARCCA experts have designed and tested seats for ground and air vehicles. These seats are currently in use in military ground vehicles to protect against mine blasts, and in fighter aircraft and helicopters.

Vehicular structures involve the application of engineering static and dynamic structure mechanisms to the transportation environment. Typical cases involve the evaluation of distorted or fractured segments and the determination of whether or not these segments of the vehicle were strong enough for their intended purposes.

Proper retention of cargo is essential to occupant protection in crashes. Serious injury or death can occur as a result of improperly designed or inadequate latches, locks or barriers. Unsecured cargo can become a projectile, striking the occupant, seat or barrier in front of it. If the seat or barrier is not properly designed to sustain the impact, the cargo can become a source of injury or death to the occupant. ARCCA has consulted, designed, installed and crash-tested many cargo retention systems in both passenger and commercial vehicles to ensure appropriate passenger safety.

ARCCA has a long history of child protection and safety expertise in vehicles and homes. These areas range from crashworthiness to everyday use of juvenile consumer products. Crashworthiness encompasses child seats, booster seats, airbag compatibility, vehicle seats and other structures, as well as the integration of children with adult seat belts. Home safety issues include such items as strollers, cribs, walkers, gates, high chairs, swings and other similar consumer products.