Vehicle Safety Laboratory

  • Vehicle Safety Laboratory
  • Manager: M.Sc. Eng. Paweł Posuniak
  • Telephone: 22 7777-141
  • Fax: 22 7777-160
  • E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Accreditation Certificate No. AB 082 (PN-EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005) issued by the Polish Centre for Accreditation and covering:

  • Safety testing of automotive vehicles as well as equipment and accessories thereof.

The Laboratory carries out tests for conformity with Polish and international passive safety standards, of the following:

  • Complete vehicles and vehicle components;
  • Vehicle accessories;
  • Vehicle occupant protection systems;
  • Frontal protection systems (bull-bars or supplementary bumpers);
  • Motorcycle speedway safety barriers for conformity with FIM requirements;
  • Other means of transport; as well as
  • Non-standard tests and check procedures to customer’s requirements.

The Laboratory carries out type-approval tests of vehicles, vehicle components, or accessories, necessary for the obtaining of type-approval certificates according to the following legal regulations:

  • UN ECE Regulations Nos. 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 21, 25, 26, 29, 32, 33, 34, 42, 44, 58, 61, 66, 73, 80, 107, and 126;
  • EU Directives 70/387/EEC, 74/297/EEC, 76/115/EEC, 77/541/EEC, 74/60/EEC, 78/932/EEC, 92/114/EEC, 89/297/EEC, 74/408/EEC, and 2001/85/EC.

Moreover, the Laboratory carries out certification tests for conformity with the following legal documents:

  • Polish Standards:
    • PN-EN 1789:2010;
    • PN-90/S-47013;
    • PN-EN 12195-1,2,3;
    • PN-EN 12640:2002;
    • PN-EN 12642:2006;
  • Technical Specifications:
    • WT/059/PIMOT/04 – Baggage racks and other devices that may be attached to the outside of the vehicle;
    • WT/008/PIMOT/93 – Towing ropes;
    • WT/108/PIMOT/08 – Seat covers of vehicles provided with side airbags;
    • EC No. 78/2009 – Frontal protection systems in motor vehicles (bull-bars or supplementary bumpers)

Basic research equipment of the Laboratory:

  • Test stand for crash tests of complete vehicles;
  • Test trolley for tests of vehicle sub-assemblies and parts with pre-programmed variable deceleration characteristics;
  • Test stand for dynamic tests of lorry cabins, vehicle bodies, and other protecting devices;
  • Test stand for tests of child restraint systems;
  • Test stand for tests of seats and head restraints in passenger cars and buses;
  • Test stand for tests of safety belts, door latches and hinges, interior fittings, steering wheels;
  • Test dummies: ergonomic, anthropomorphic (TNO‑10, Hybrid II and III, child P‑series);
  • Deceleration, force, moment, and displacement transducers;
  • Digital high-speed cameras, of up to 500 000 frames per second;
  • Lower legform impactor in conformity with the requirements of Regulation (EC) No. 631/2009.

All the test equipment meets the requirements of standard ISO 6487 “Road vehicles. Measurement techniques in impact tests. Instrumentation.”

In addition to the above, the Laboratory offers:

  • Consultations on technical, design, and legal issues within the scope of the tests carried out;
  • Tests and research work on product strength and overloads to customer’s requirements, inclusive of tests and research work not covered by existing normative documents (regulations and directives);
  • Research work to individual customer’s request.

Selected R&D projects carried out by the Vehicle Safety Laboratory:

  • “Research on the impact of post-accident repairs on the stiffness of a vehicle body”;
  • “Working out of experimental and computational methods applicable to bus body structures where the current EU development trends in the field of passive safety are taken into account”;
  • “Analysis of vehicle construction with regard to the protection of pedestrians and cyclists in road collisions and to the alleviation of collision effects. Analysis of the method of testing the structure of the front part of a vehicle body with regard to the protection of pedestrians”;
  • “Research on the car-pedestrian collision, with the corner-type impact being specially taken into account to verify the PC-Crash and Madymo software”;
  • “Determining of the impact of the forces and decelerations on the car body that would be capable to trigger the side airbags”;
  • "Experimental verification of the computational methods employed during the reconstruction of a side collision of vehicles”;
  • “Analysis of the possibilities to minimise the dynamic loads of, and injuries to, adults and children occupying bus seats during a road accident”;
  • “Wheeled amphibian armoured personnel carrier – a mobile carrier of dangerous material detection and identification systems, suitable for use in natural disaster conditions”;
  • “Development and testing of a car safety system within the structure of an ‘intelligent vehicle’”;
  • “Testing of a system to restrain a child in a vehicle (bus) seat with the use of a three-point safety belt designed for adults.”