Hino makes front under-run protection system standard equipment

Hino is the first manufacturer in Australia to fit Front Under-run Protection (FUP) as standard equipment across its entire range of 500 and 700 Series on-highway trucks, covering all three categories of trucks – light, medium and heavy-duty.

According to Hino, the FUP system has been designed to protect other motorists from becoming trapped and crushed under the front of a truck in the event of a frontal collision.

The technology, which is incorporated in the truck's standard bumper bar, is included on all 500 Series and 700 Series on-highway trucks starting from late 2011, the wide cabin versions of the new 300 Series light duty truck range.

Hino Australia product planning manager Daniel Petrovski says that Hino had made the decision to offer this important feature across as many vehicles in its range as possible to improve the safety of all road users – not just the occupants of the truck.

“In the event of a severe frontal collision, the Hino FUP is intended to prevent the opposing vehicle – in many cases a smaller passenger car – from being 'run over' by the truck,” he explains. “FUP assists the deployment of SRS airbags in the opposing vehicle in the event of a front-on or front-side collision, and also works to protect the truck's steering components – thereby assisting the driver to maintain control of the vehicle and bring it to a controlled stop.”

In the case of medium and heavy-duty models, Hino FUP is certified to Australian Design Rule ADR 84 and European Safety Standard UN ECE-93.

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