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Under-ride Guards on Semi Truck Trailers Often Fail Causing Death

New crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicate that under-ride guards on tractor trailers often fail in even low-speed crashes causing unnecessary deaths. The under-ride guard is the vertical bar that extends down on the back of a semi truck trailers' rear-bumper to prevent cars from sliding under the trailer causing the roof to be torn off the car. Today's passenger cars are designed to protect occupants from low speed front end crashes when the front bumper is impacted but they are not designed for impacts that strike above the front bumper and impact the just the hood or roof of the car. 

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