J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc., among the largest transportation logistics companies in North America, has ordered 4,000 Wabash National DuraPlate dry van trailers that include the new RIG-16 Rear Underride Guard System.
This new rear-impact guard is engineered to prevent underride in multiple offset, or overlap, impact scenarios. The guard reduces the risk of injury or death for individuals involved in an accident with the rear of a trailer.
“At J.B. Hunt, we value safety above all else,” said John Roberts, president and chief executive officer of J.B. Hunt. “We applaud Wabash National’s leadership and advancements in rear impact protection, and we’re proud to be the first fleet to specify the new rear impact guard design.”
The rear impact guard is made of advanced, high-strength steel. It includes two additional vertical posts and a longer, reinforced bumper tube. This design will better absorb the impact should any part of the bumper become engaged in a collision. Additionally, the guard is formulated to resist corrosion.
The Truck Safety Coalition commends companies that take a proactive approach to promoting safety through smart purchasing decisions. Truck Safety Coalition volunteer and underride advocate Nancy Mueleners said, “I am glad that J.B. Hunt is equipping their trailers with an improved rear guard. Introductions of rear guards using new engineering approaches are a much-needed safety improvement that will prevent injuries and save lives.”
Production of units specifically for J.B. Hunt began in January. Wabash National formally unveiled this new technology at the recent American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) meeting in Nashville, Tenn.