Stoughton Trailers, a global leader in transportation equipment, has completed the development and product testing of its new rear underride guard, designed to provide greater protection in the event of an accident at the rear of the trailer.
Available in the fourth quarter of this year, Stoughton will provide the new rear underride guard as a standard feature — at no additional cost.
The Stoughton Trailers engineering team was challenged to design, develop, test and validate a solution that improved the products’ safety based on the recommendations of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Through the investment of significant time, resources and talent, Stoughton Trailers has successfully met the challenge without adding weight and without negatively impacting aerodynamics or reducing the robustness of the undercarriage and rear structure.
Stoughton trailers equipped with the new patent-pending rear underride guard underwent extensive testing both internally, and through multiple independent testing agencies including crash testing performed at the IIHS facility in Ruckersville, Va. The new design complies with all applicable U.S. and Canadian regulations.
“After thorough testing, we are confident that this design will set the new standard for rear underride safety in our industry,” said Bob Wahlin, president and CEO. “We place such a high value on the safety of both our customers and the driving public that we have chosen to provide this improved level of safety and performance as a standard feature, at no additional cost.”
Stoughton’s new rear underride guard design includes two additional bolt-on vertical supports on the outer ends of the horizontal bar. All four supports are integrated into the bar and fastened to a robust undercarriage to strengthen the guard. The new underride guard will be available in painted carbon steel, galvanized steel or stainless steel options.