The Swedish Transport Administration has carried out crash tests of motorhomes to examine crash safety

The Swedish Transport Administration has carried out crash tests of motorhomes to examine crash safety

 

In Sweden, the amount of newly registered motorhomes has increased by 50 percent since 2014, according to the Swedish Transport Administration, or Trafikverket. With the surge of new wheels on the road have come more injuries and deaths. This prompted Trafikverket to put a magnifying glass to the safety standards of motorhomes and execute its own crash tests with two different European-market RVs.

According to a Trafikverket report, at least six people in Sweden have died in campers since 2014, and more than 100 have been injured in motorhome-related traffic accidents. The most common type of crash was a front-end collision, which is the main focus of these crash tests. The results and the accompanying videos are pretty terrifying.

For the tests, Trafikverket used the same methods the European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) uses. The test had the motorhome drive into a similarly weighted barrier at 64 km/h, or about 40 mph. Although the test did not list exactly which models were used, one had a semi-integrated cabin while the other had a fully integrated cabin. Both are built on a platform that Trafikverket says underpins 84 percent of that market's motorhomes. Thus, the tests are largely representative of most motorhomes on the road.

The first crash is done at about 2:15, and the nose of the semi-integrated motorhome is demolished. The second crash happens at about 3:15, and it's even worse. Nearly the entire body of the RV separates from the platform, revealing lots of wood construction and virtually no energy-absorbing structures.

Check out the gnarly footage above and read the full report on Trafikverket.

 

 

 

The Swedish Transport Administration has crash-tested motorhomes. The result shows that the construction is not sufficient to protect drivers and passengers. A growing motorhome market in combination with several serious accidents shows that motorhomes need to be safer.

The crash tests have been made with two modern motorhomes - one semi-integrated and one fully integrated. The tests show major shortcomings in crash safety in motorhomes. The risk of death in frontal rock is very great.

The reason why the Swedish Transport Administration has now carried out crash tests is the rapid increase in the number of motorhomes. Since 2014, the number of newly registered motorhomes in Sweden has increased by 50 per cent. During the same period, 6 people have died in a camper, 4 of them last year. The most common type of accident was frontal collision. Another approximately 100 people have been injured in road traffic accidents with motorhomes since 2014.

The Swedish Transport Administration's in-depth studies of traffic accidents show that penetration into a motorhome can be very extensive, that is, a collision can cause major damage inside the car. Traffic safety is an interaction between the road design, the vehicle's safety and the vehicle's users. The Swedish Transport Administration builds and manages infrastructure and has the responsibility for coordinating the road safety work within the Zero Vision in Sweden.

The Swedish Transport Administration wants to contribute facts to the development of safer motorhomes. The results from the crash tests are spread to manufacturers, industry organizations and consumers to inform about what can be safer and what can be set for demands on the motorhome you choose to go in. that new motorhomes have as high safety as possible.

If one were to crash-tested vehicles before they were placed on the market, for example through the consumer organization Euro NCAP, then it provides a safety rating that consumers can take a stand for before the motor home purchase.

Same test as Euro NCAP
The Swedish Transport Administration's crash test is the same frontal collision test used in Euro NCAP, a European consumer organization that crash tests cars for cars; a frontal impact of 64 km / h against a barrier corresponding to a vehicle of the same weight. Although the motorhomes were unloaded at the time, they are relatively heavy.

In this case, the tests correspond to a frontal impact of 90 km / h against an average passenger car. It is a tough test which unfortunately corresponds to a crash scenario that is not unusual on our roads.

Half and fully integrated motorhomes
The Swedish Transport Administration has tested two modern motorhomes (one semi-integrated and one fully integrated). Both are built on the most common make of basic vehicles. 84 percent of motorhomes on the market are built on the same basic vehicle.

A semi-integrated motorhome has a driver's cab from a car manufacturer and a living area built by the motorhome manufacturer. In a fully integrated motorhome, the entire cabin is built by a motorhome manufacturer. There may be variations in designs and materials that may affect collision safety.

Very high risk of death
The results of the Swedish Transport Administration's tests show that there is a great risk of death in a frontal collision. The construction of the motorhomes is not sufficient to be able to protect drivers and passengers at collisions.

VTI crash test of motorhomes ordered by the Swedish Transport AdministrationA explanation is that motorhomes have a relatively short deformation zone in relation to their weight. In the crash tests with both car models, the driver therefore has a very high risk of dying or being seriously injured. The semi-integrated motorhome provides somewhat better protection than fully integrated, but still far from the protection that a modern passenger car provides today. Everyone in the car is at great risk of being seriously injured by interior fittings that come loose under the crash.
The tests also show that it is important for families traveling in motor homes to use as safe child protection as they use in their passenger car.
Watch the movie about the crash tests

Dialogue and continued development of safer motorhomes
Motorhomes can be safer. By presenting facts about lack of road safety in motorhomes, there is a good basis for continued dialogue on how motorhomes can become safer.

The Swedish Transport Administration has begun to show the test results and engage in dialogue with motorhome clubs, dealers and the Swedish Transport Agency. We look at what is needed to drive development forward and make it easier for consumers to take a stand on vehicle traffic safety. Although manufacturers follow today's limited legal requirements for collision safety, it is always possible for a manufacturer to voluntarily increase safety.

Voluntary consumer tests such as crash tests of vehicles before launch and stricter legal requirements could make a big difference to road safety.

Approved according to EU directives
Most of the motorhomes sold in Sweden have a European approval in accordance with Directive 2007/46 (EC). According to these rules, all equipment in the living area (refrigerator, bed, etc.) must be firmly attached to walls, floor or ceiling - however, the table can be designed so that it can be moved easily. There are also requirements that the belts should be (and what they should be able to do in the test) and that the car's seats meet the requirements for strength.

For motorhomes, however, there are not the same requirements for testing of frontal and side impacts as for ordinary passenger cars.

The Swedish Transport Administration for dialogue with EuroNCAP to lift motorhomes as a vehicle group that is in need of impartial consumer tests.

The Swedish Transport Administration's recommendations to consumers

  • Choose safe roads with central separation.
  • Keep the speed limit
  • Make sure you have no loose objects in the living area, such as a coffee maker. Remove the table if you have passengers behind.

The Swedish Transport Administration's recommendations to manufacturers

  • In the short term - improve the anchoring of the interior of the living space
  • In the short term - make sure the table is easy to remove
  • In the long run - look over so that the basic vehicle is crash-proof

 

Trafikverket, The Swedish Transport Administration is responsible for long-term planning of the transport system for all types of traffic, as well as for building, operating and maintaining public roads and railways. The Swedish Transport Administration is also responsible for administering the theoretical and driving tests needed to receive a driving licence and taxi driver badge, as well as the theoretical test for the professional know-how needed for a transport licence and certificate of professional competence.

 

 

Веселин Вълев
Camping.bg

Източник: trafikverket.se

In Sweden, the amount of newly registered motorhomes has increased by 50 percent since 2014, according to the Swedish Transport Administration, or Trafikverket. With the surge of new wheels on the road have come more injuries and deaths. This prompted Trafikverket to put a magnifying glass to the safety standards of motorhomes and execute its own crash tests with two different European-market RVs.

According to a Trafikverket report, at least six people in Sweden have died in campers since 2014, and more than 100 have been injured in motorhome-related traffic accidents. The most common type of crash was a front-end collision, which is the main focus of these crash tests. The results and the accompanying videos are pretty terrifying.

For the tests, Trafikverket used the same methods the European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) uses. The test had the motorhome drive into a similarly weighted barrier at 64 km/h, or about 40 mph. Although the test did not list exactly which models were used, one had a semi-integrated cabin while the other had a fully integrated cabin. Both are built on a platform that Trafikverket says underpins 84 percent of that market's motorhomes. Thus, the tests are largely representative of most motorhomes on the road.

The first crash is done at about 2:15, and the nose of the semi-integrated motorhome is demolished. The second crash happens at about 3:15, and it's even worse. Nearly the entire body of the RV separates from the platform, revealing lots of wood construction and virtually no energy-absorbing structures.

Check out the gnarly footage above and read the full report on Trafikverket.

 

 

 

The Swedish Transport Administration has crash-tested motorhomes. The result shows that the construction is not sufficient to protect drivers and passengers. A growing motorhome market in combination with several serious accidents shows that motorhomes need to be safer.

The crash tests have been made with two modern motorhomes - one semi-integrated and one fully integrated. The tests show major shortcomings in crash safety in motorhomes. The risk of death in frontal rock is very great.

The reason why the Swedish Transport Administration has now carried out crash tests is the rapid increase in the number of motorhomes. Since 2014, the number of newly registered motorhomes in Sweden has increased by 50 per cent. During the same period, 6 people have died in a camper, 4 of them last year. The most common type of accident was frontal collision. Another approximately 100 people have been injured in road traffic accidents with motorhomes since 2014.

The Swedish Transport Administration's in-depth studies of traffic accidents show that penetration into a motorhome can be very extensive, that is, a collision can cause major damage inside the car. Traffic safety is an interaction between the road design, the vehicle's safety and the vehicle's users. The Swedish Transport Administration builds and manages infrastructure and has the responsibility for coordinating the road safety work within the Zero Vision in Sweden.

The Swedish Transport Administration wants to contribute facts to the development of safer motorhomes. The results from the crash tests are spread to manufacturers, industry organizations and consumers to inform about what can be safer and what can be set for demands on the motorhome you choose to go in. that new motorhomes have as high safety as possible.

If one were to crash-tested vehicles before they were placed on the market, for example through the consumer organization Euro NCAP, then it provides a safety rating that consumers can take a stand for before the motor home purchase.

Same test as Euro NCAP
The Swedish Transport Administration's crash test is the same frontal collision test used in Euro NCAP, a European consumer organization that crash tests cars for cars; a frontal impact of 64 km / h against a barrier corresponding to a vehicle of the same weight. Although the motorhomes were unloaded at the time, they are relatively heavy.

In this case, the tests correspond to a frontal impact of 90 km / h against an average passenger car. It is a tough test which unfortunately corresponds to a crash scenario that is not unusual on our roads.

Half and fully integrated motorhomes
The Swedish Transport Administration has tested two modern motorhomes (one semi-integrated and one fully integrated). Both are built on the most common make of basic vehicles. 84 percent of motorhomes on the market are built on the same basic vehicle.

A semi-integrated motorhome has a driver's cab from a car manufacturer and a living area built by the motorhome manufacturer. In a fully integrated motorhome, the entire cabin is built by a motorhome manufacturer. There may be variations in designs and materials that may affect collision safety.

Very high risk of death
The results of the Swedish Transport Administration's tests show that there is a great risk of death in a frontal collision. The construction of the motorhomes is not sufficient to be able to protect drivers and passengers at collisions.

VTI crash test of motorhomes ordered by the Swedish Transport AdministrationA explanation is that motorhomes have a relatively short deformation zone in relation to their weight. In the crash tests with both car models, the driver therefore has a very high risk of dying or being seriously injured. The semi-integrated motorhome provides somewhat better protection than fully integrated, but still far from the protection that a modern passenger car provides today. Everyone in the car is at great risk of being seriously injured by interior fittings that come loose under the crash.
The tests also show that it is important for families traveling in motor homes to use as safe child protection as they use in their passenger car.
Watch the movie about the crash tests

Dialogue and continued development of safer motorhomes
Motorhomes can be safer. By presenting facts about lack of road safety in motorhomes, there is a good basis for continued dialogue on how motorhomes can become safer.

The Swedish Transport Administration has begun to show the test results and engage in dialogue with motorhome clubs, dealers and the Swedish Transport Agency. We look at what is needed to drive development forward and make it easier for consumers to take a stand on vehicle traffic safety. Although manufacturers follow today's limited legal requirements for collision safety, it is always possible for a manufacturer to voluntarily increase safety.

Voluntary consumer tests such as crash tests of vehicles before launch and stricter legal requirements could make a big difference to road safety.

Approved according to EU directives
Most of the motorhomes sold in Sweden have a European approval in accordance with Directive 2007/46 (EC). According to these rules, all equipment in the living area (refrigerator, bed, etc.) must be firmly attached to walls, floor or ceiling - however, the table can be designed so that it can be moved easily. There are also requirements that the belts should be (and what they should be able to do in the test) and that the car's seats meet the requirements for strength.

For motorhomes, however, there are not the same requirements for testing of frontal and side impacts as for ordinary passenger cars.

The Swedish Transport Administration for dialogue with EuroNCAP to lift motorhomes as a vehicle group that is in need of impartial consumer tests.

The Swedish Transport Administration's recommendations to consumers

  • Choose safe roads with central separation.
  • Keep the speed limit
  • Make sure you have no loose objects in the living area, such as a coffee maker. Remove the table if you have passengers behind.

The Swedish Transport Administration's recommendations to manufacturers

  • In the short term - improve the anchoring of the interior of the living space
  • In the short term - make sure the table is easy to remove
  • In the long run - look over so that the basic vehicle is crash-proof

 

Trafikverket, The Swedish Transport Administration is responsible for long-term planning of the transport system for all types of traffic, as well as for building, operating and maintaining public roads and railways. The Swedish Transport Administration is also responsible for administering the theoretical and driving tests needed to receive a driving licence and taxi driver badge, as well as the theoretical test for the professional know-how needed for a transport licence and certificate of professional competence.

 

 

Веселин Вълев
Camping.bg

Източник: trafikverket.se

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