Combining safety and simplicity: MCI Supplier Kiel sets new FMVSS 210 testing record
MCI Supplier Kiel sets new FMVSS 210 testing record for safest slider seat with three-point seat belt and stainless steel legs
Next generation slider seat safest, easiest to operate stainless steel model on the market for wheelchair lift equipped coaches; patent for self-aligning, foot-operated system pending
Kiel North America, a trendsetting seat provider to transit systems around the world, announced today that the company’s next generation slider model with stainless steel legs has passed testing for the FMVSS 210 safety standards of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The seat even exceeds the stricter requirements mandated from by motor coach supplier Motor Coach Industries (MCI), the leading intercity coach manufacturer in the U.S and Canada. MCI is first to offer the new - seat..Since three-point seatbelts became legally required in Europe in 1995, Kiel has extended significant parts of its R&D resources to the development of robust seating solutions that absorb enough energy upon impact yet also create a protective survival space. Now, Kiel has fused its affinity for high-tech engineering with a deep commitment for top-quality craftsmanship to develop a next generation slider model for the North American market so wheelchairs can be accommodated more easily in coach buses.
The test protocol of an independent testing facility confirms that the Kiel stainless steel slider seat has met the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s requirements of holding a 3,000 pound load for ten seconds. Conforming to the safety standards required by MCI for qualifying suppliers, the seat even withstood a 3,111 pound load for fifteen seconds, and ultimately set a record by holding 3,450 pounds for the same amount of time. The patent for the seat with its self-aligning pedestal system is currently pending.
Photo: Kiel North America.
In addition to setting new industry standards for safety, Kiel has also engineered an extremely durable slider solution that distinguishes itself through its problem-free installation, ease of operation, and low maintenance. The seat’s innovative self-adjusting mechanism compensates for variances in track alignment which makes the installation and operation of the slider extremely simple and time-saving. Highest quality, rust-resistant stainless steel components are designed to withstand corrosion from harshest climates and chemical damage from salt residues, providing a clear advantage to lower-grade materials.
The seat’s foot-operated locking and unlocking system prevents drivers from bending down to manually adjust the system, and also offers ergonomically positioned grab handles at the back. The seat lock is conveniently disengaged by simply lifting up the seat’s cushion while the positioning pin gently guides the seat into the desired position. After foot pedals are used to tightly position the seat, the cushions can simply be flipped back down for a stable lock-down engagement.
“The new design is a great improvement that drivers will appreciate,”
-- Tom Wagner, MCI Vice President of Public Sector Sales.
“We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to be working with some of the most reputable coach builders in North America, and we were eager to take on the challenge of the requirements put forth by Motor Coach Industries,” comments Thomas Schwank, General Manager of Kiel North America. “With the needs of MCI coach builders in mind for an easy, straightforward installation process and the wish to provide a solution that is equally simple to operate for drivers, Kiel engineers have presented an industry-leading slider seat that sets new standards for the industry.”
Founded in 1945 in Nördlingen, Germany, Kiel is a leading manufacturer of innovative passenger seating systems for commercial vehicles and public transportation, including seating solutions for buses and trains on the local, regional, and intercity level. Kiel seats distinguish themselves with their high quality, sophisticated technology, and their contemporary design while meeting the highest requirements both in safety and passenger comfort. Kiel conducts business worldwide with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Germany, Poland, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, and Turkey and dedicated sales teams in Greece, France, Austria, and the UK.
About Motor Coach Industries
Motor Coach Industries (MCI), headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois, is the leading intercity coach manufacturer in the United States and Canada, with sales, service and repair facilities in both countries. The MCI J4500 coach model has been the industry's best-selling intercity coach for 10 consecutive years. MCI's D-Series, including its Commuter Coach, is the best-selling line of coaches in industry history. MCI is also the distributor of the Setra S 417, Setra S 407 and Setra parts in the U.S. and Canada. The company offers 24-hour technical support and industry-leading technician training along with the market's most extensive aftermarket parts and repair service.
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