Calspan Awarded FMVSS 213 Contract

Calspan Awarded FMVSS 213 Contract

Calspan has been awarded the NHTSA contract for FMVSS 213 Testing

Buffalo, New York – April 25, 2018. Calspan is pleased to announce it has been awarded the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) contract for the performance of tests required by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 213, Child Restraint Systems regulation. This contract award signifies Calspan’s commitment to improving the safety of vehicles and their occupants.

The FMVSS No. 213 testing requirements include provisions for a dynamic sled test to simulate a vehicle striking a fixed barrier in a frontal impact, as well as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inversion test. The contract award encompasses all facets of the dynamic test requirements to be conducted on child restraint systems.

Lou Knotts, CEO of Calspan, added “Calspan continues to invest in the infrastructure and people needed to ensure that our testing capabilities grow faster than the requirements that they support. We’re proud that our efforts have resulted in the ability to make vehicles safer for children.”

The tests required by this award contract will be completed in Calspan’s improved HYGE sled testing facility by a team of experienced professionals that deliver superior customer service, precise data, and exceptional performance reliability.

About Calspan

For more than 70 years, Calspan has been providing research and testing services in the aviation and transportation industries and is internationally recognized for research and innovation. Calspan is privately owned with its headquarters located in Buffalo, New York where they maintain a variety of testing facilities including a transonic wind tunnel, a vehicle crash test operation, a HYGE sled used for child seat testing, and a high performance tire testing facility. Calspan also operates a flight research and testing facility at the Niagara Falls International Airport where they own and operate a number of aircraft used as in-flight simulators and airborne testbeds. For more information about Calspan, please visit

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