3rd Party Validation of MGA Test Results Conducted by NHTSA Crashworthiness Experts

In order for a part to be included under the Diamond Standard Brand, and labeled as such, the part must pass testing by MGA Research and be validated by an independent 3rd party expert in performance vs OE in order to meet our requirement of being an alternative part. Our 3rd party validations are made by respected, former NHTSA Crashworthiness Experts.

New passenger vehicles must be designed to meet minimum crashworthiness and crash avoidance requirements as specified by the Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These requirements are described in the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) that are contained in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 49.

Crashworthiness requirements are contained in the 200 and 300 series’ standards. Crashworthiness standards are generally applicable to new vehicle system performance. Two primary examples are FMVSS No. 208 and FMVSS No. 214. Standard 208 is related to the protection that a new vehicle must provide to occupants in frontal impacts and standard 214 is related to the protection that a new vehicle must provide to occupants in side impacts.

There is an OE requirement that establishes requirements for the impact resistance of vehicles in low speed frontal and rear collisions. These requirements are contained in the CFR49, Part 581-Bumper Standard, and apply to new vehicles. For example, OE bumper and/or rebar systems may be designed to provide load paths and to distribute crash loads in a manner that contributes to the safety performance of vehicles and, for frontal systems, the proper performance of air bag deployment systems.

Diamond Standard Brand Part tests and their subsequent validation by crashworthiness experts serve to illustrate the performance of our parts in these tests which are designed to simulate crash conditions that may occur in real world situations.

3rd Party Crashworthiness Experts

George Neat (L), former NHTSA expert and Chief of the Vehicle Crashworthiness Division, DOT and Geoff Crane (R), Former Director of Industry Relations for Diamond Standard Parts, LLC. Photo taken at the CIC (Collision Industry Conference) July 23, 2013 in the Westin Waterfront Hotel, Boston, MA.

Diamond Standard utilizes the expertise of former NHTSA directors from the Office of Crashworthiness Standards in the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, DC. Their extensive background experience in setting standards of Crashworthiness and creating greater occupant safety is contained in their resumes below.

James R. Hackney – Widely considered by the industry as the “Father of Safety” and former Director of Crashworthiness at NHTSA. Co-Author of the paper “New Car Assessment – Five Star Crash Rating – Vehicle Safety Performance Characteristics”. Jim was critical in designing Diamond Standard testing protocols and evaluating results just as he was instrumental in a majority of the safety devices now standard on vehicles throughout the world.

Dr. David Breed – The recipient of the H. H. Bliss Award as one of the inventors of the Air Bag & NHTSA Award for Safety Engineering, David’s distinguished career spanning 40 years includes numerous SAE publications and approximately 200 patents in the automotive products field involving air bags and occupant sensing systems for smart Air Bag characteristics. Chairman of both Automotive Technologies International and Intelligent Technologies International of Boonton, New Jersey, David has been critical in shedding light on the industry accepted fixed barrier testing, crash pulse and occupant safety affect of comparative bumper systems and subject of this document.

George W. Neat – Former NHTSA expert and Chief of the Vehicle Crashworthiness Division, U. S. Department of Transportation/Volpe National Transportation Systems Center. George’s career with DOT spanned 35 years in transportation safety and technology applicable to the automotive industry, including innovative airbag expansion devices and crash dummy instrumentation.

Rudy H. Arendt – Former VP and co-founder of MGA Research Corporation and recognized worldwide as an expert in designing vehicle crashworthiness and automotive safety testing.

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