Ensure Safety in Your Vehicle by Installing Cargo Barriers26 March 2020
Sometimes, we are required to carry huge and heavy cargo in our vehicles. Some common types of cargo that we may carry in our car include camping gear, loose spare wheels, luggage, sporting equipment, groceries, laptops, and many more. Most vehicle owners may have been placing them on the rear section of our cars but doing this may pose a significant safety risk to all vehicle occupants, particularly in a frontal impact collision or a vehicle rollover.
Placing your cargo on the back does not fully restrain them from moving. So, one great way of restricting their movement and getting them in place is through the installation of cargo barriers.
Cargo Barriers Save Lives
A cargo barrier is a type of vehicle accessory that aids occupancy safety when carrying loads or pets in the rear section of a vehicle. It can take many shapes and forms, but it is mostly made up of metal that is fabricated or assembled with bars of mesh. The main purpose of this accessory is to serve as a barrier between the trunk area and the passenger area of various vehicle types. It also acts as a method of restraining heavy cargo from entering the passenger area in the event of a vehicle collision.
Cargo barriers are most useful in collision incidents. Let’s say you are carrying a 20 kg suitcase on your vehicle. In the event that your vehicle collided with another vehicle at high speed, this heavy suitcase will not hit any of you if ever you have installed a durable cargo barrier. But if you are driving without this accessory, the suitcase could hit anyone on the car, which can cause serious injury or fatality.
Aside from minimising the significant risk of injury to the occupants, this accessory can also prevent impact damage to the tray headboard and to the rear of the cabin from unrestrained heavy objects that are loaded in the tray. Cargo barrier can also avoid danger to other road users from cargo falling from utility trays.
Fitting and Specifications
Just like any vehicle accessory, it is important that you consider the fitting of the cargo itself to make your barrier effective. Placing the cargo away from the cargo barrier will increase the impact energy that the barrier must dissipate and distribute when a crash occurs. So, the safest thing that you can do is to position your heavy cargo against the barrier or as close to it as possible.
Keep in mind, though, that a cargo barrier has its own load limit. So, take time to find and read the user instruction plaque to know more about your accessory’s load limit and other safety advice.
Aside from the load limit, your cargo barrier must also be manufactured to comply with AS/NZS40344.1:2008 – Motor Vehicles – Cargo barriers for occupant protection. This standard provides manufacturers, suppliers, and users with the requirements set for cargo barriers for the protection of the passengers and drivers. It also contains technical, material, and testing innovations to cargo barriers.
Another important thing about the cargo barrier is that it must be installed by a qualified person. It must not be modified or transferred to another vehicle. Moreover, it must not be used as a hanging rack and not fitted with other items of equipment. Lastly, this accessory must be used according to the safety information on the plaque that is fitted to it.
Installing cargo barriers in your vehicle can help you ensure safety not just for you and your vehicle occupants but also for others who are on the road with you. If ever a collision is inevitable, the impact of the accident may be reduced since your cargo is restrained properly. To boost the safety of your vehicle, you can consult us at Jamieson Auto Fit so that we can present you with all available options for you.