The Volkswagen Safety Steering Columns for Forward Control Vehicles 770185

This paper describes the application of safety steering columns to forward control vans. The steeper mounting angle of the steering column in vans requires a collapse function to be affected by radial forces as compared to design requirements encountered in most passenger vehicles during frontal impact situations. Although forward controlled vans are exempted from the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards 203 and 204, it is evident that so-called safety steering columns can and do function in forward control vehicles.


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