LifeGuard Technologies, a division of IMMI, announced this week that it is introducing LifeGuard RollTek side roll protection to the heavy trucking industry, available now on the new Freightliner Cascadia Class 8 truck.
LifeGuard says RollTek combines side airbag protection with the latest advancements in seatbelt technology. In a rollover, RollTek is designed to deploy within a quarter-second to minimize driver movement, increase survivable space and cushion head and neck impact, significantly reducing the potential for death or serious injury.
“Of all the fatalities in large commercial trucks, more than half can be attributed to rollovers,” says Larry Gray, general manager of Westfield, Ind.-based LifeGuard Technologies. “We are pleased that RollTek side roll protection is now available to Freightliner customers.”
In January, Oshkosh introduced RollTek as an option on its S-Series front discharge mixers, and by the end of 2007, the majority of manufacturers of custom fire apparatus will offer RollTek side roll protection. The Cascadia by Freightliner is the first over-the-road truck that is available with LifeGuard RollTek.
“The Reverse Ejector Seat in the Cascadia is an important new safety technology for over-the-road trucks,” says Jonathan Randall, director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks. “Our partnership with LifeGuard Technologies represents Freightliner’s ongoing commitment to lead the industry in addressing driver safety issues.”