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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Drivers can now enjoy more freedom of movement while wearing their seatbelts, thanks to IMMI's n...


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Drivers can now enjoy more freedom of movement while wearing their seatbelts, thanks to IMMI’s new Sliding Komfort Latch system.

The Sliding Komfort Latch has been designed, using driver input, to provide the ultimate in mobility and comfort. With the new system, drivers can reach forward and adjust the radio, without having to reset the Komfort Latch (increasing range of motion by approximately six to eight inches).

Like its predecessor, the original Komfort Latch, it attaches to the seat belt webbing to relieve unintentional belt lock-ups, which often result from the constant up-and-down movement of suspension seats.

“We’ve improved the industry standard by creating sliding Komfort Latch, and, with it, we hope to help more commercial vehicle occupants be even more comfortable in the future,” says Jim Chinni, director of engineering, commercial division.

The Sliding Komfort Latch is available with several different mounts that can be adapted for use in most vehicles.

IMMI has announced it will provide lap-shoulder seat belt systems for Volvo Trucks North America Inc.’s VN and VHD model trucks. These systems will feature the Komfort Latch system and the RLS 80 Retractor. Designed specifically for commercial vehicles. The retractor will lock the seat belt webbing during a crash, limiting movement of the driver and preventing ejection.

Since IMMI introduced the Komfort Latch and RLS 80 Retractor in the mid-80s, injuries and fatalities in the industry have dropped by 45 per cent and seat belt usage has increased from five per cent to over 60 per cent.

They have also created a smaller, more versatile version of its S4 seat pull-down system. It can now be installed in most cab configurations on most suspension seats.

The S4 pull-down system is deployed when a sensor in the cab detects a crash. It tightens the occupant’s seat belt and pulls the seat towards the floor in order to provide the occupant with more survival space while minimizing the severity of the contact with the cab’s interior surfaces.

During a rollover, an inflatable tubular structure, hidden in the window trim above the door, deploys across the window and side vehicle interior to protect the driver’s head during impact.

“Truck crashes in 2000 led to 31,000 injuries, so the need is clear for advanced safety systems that protect truck drivers during a crash,” says Chinni.


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