SUMMARY OF THE FMVSS 226 TEST REQUIREMENTS AND METHODOLOGY

The amount of containment that a countermeasure must produce was selected by the NHTSA to be less than or equal to 100 mm (4 inches). This value was selected based upon research and by referencing other safety standards such as FMVSS 217 and 206. The excursion value is the only performance criteria set . . . → Read More: SUMMARY OF THE FMVSS 226 TEST REQUIREMENTS AND METHODOLOGY

CHALLENGES FOR THE VEHICLE INDUSTRY

The integration of the requirements for the Ejection Mitigation regulation poses many serious changes for vehicle manufacturers. In addition, many of the changes made to the regulation since the release of the NPRM will also undoubtedly have consequences on some of the decisions made over the past year towards meeting this requirement.

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WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE FINAL RULE AND THE NPRM?

The NPRM and Final Rule Documents

Since the 2006 Memorandum and 2009 NPRM, the methodology of the FMVSS 226 Final Rule has undergone significant revisions. Details such as the test speed, how to target the vehicle, and the requirements for the impactor have been the subject of debate as comments were . . . → Read More: WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE FINAL RULE AND THE NPRM?

COMPLIANCE SCHEDULE FOR FMVSS 226

MGA Associate Ryan Jones Prepares the Impactor Headform

The final rule advances the start date for compliance one year earlier than originally projected in the NPRM. Depending on the type of vehicle, compliance phase-in may begin as soon as 2013.

For passenger cars, multi-purpose passenger vehicles, trucks and buses with a gross vehicle . . . → Read More: COMPLIANCE SCHEDULE FOR FMVSS 226

WHY IMPLEMENT FMVSS 226 EJECTION MITIGATION?

To View NHTSA’s Press Release Click Here

To View Final Rule Click Here

To View MGA’s Ejection Mitigation Demo Video Click Here

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MGA PRESENTS FMVSS 226 AT THE TRB 90TH ANNUAL MEETING IN WASHINGTON DC

MGA Associate D.J. Whiteside Presents FMVSS 226 at the TRB Meeting

MGA was cordially invited to participate in the Transportation Research Board’s 90th Annual Meeting this year in Washington D.C. by presenting an overview of FMVSS 226 Ejection Mitigation to the audience. MGA associate D.J. Whiteside was the presenter and delivered . . . → Read More: MGA PRESENTS FMVSS 226 AT THE TRB 90TH ANNUAL MEETING IN WASHINGTON DC

MGA’S INNOVATIVE EQUIPMENT SOLUTION FOR FMVSS 226

The MGA Dynamic Impact Laboratory in Troy, MI

Undoubtedly, the industry will face many challenges as it perfects its countermeasure designs and moves forward into the FMVSS 226 phase-in schedule. Some of these challenges will not only come from design changes, but also from laboratory changes that will be necessary to properly . . . → Read More: MGA’S INNOVATIVE EQUIPMENT SOLUTION FOR FMVSS 226

SAE Sponsored College Competitions

Baja Vehicles at MGA (2009)

This is the season when student engineering teams are designing and building vehicles that will participate in various competitions. Each year the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) sponsors the Baja SAE and Formula SAE collegiate design competitions. The Baja project is to design, build and race . . . → Read More: SAE Sponsored College Competitions

Transparent Armor

Commonly referred to as “bullet-proof glass”, transparent armor has played an integral role in protecting individuals from ballistic threats since the 1940’s. This armor is commonly found in government buildings, aircraft, armored vehicles, banks, or in any application where visibility and protection are both required. Although used in different variations for decades, its . . . → Read More: Transparent Armor

Making a Difference to Help Save Lives

Arielle Ginter and Melissa Huber MGA-MI Associates and Red Cross Donors

MGA-MI hosted an American Red Cross Blood Drive on March 18, 2011. The Red Cross bus was parked in MGA’s lot during normal business hours for the actual blood draw. We had such an overwhelming response that the Red Cross could . . . → Read More: Making a Difference to Help Save Lives