Crash Testing

State-of-the-art safety test center


Safety Center

Our in-house test facility in Helmond, The Netherlands, is ISO 17025 accredited and therefore the right place to go for all crash testing. Our dedicated team is skilled and trained to follow all latest regulations, such as small-overlap testing and car-to-MPDB testing. The full scale crash facility with its 160 meter track offers the entire range of testing capabilities necessary to cover all existing and future legal and customer-specific requirements. All testing capabilities besides road furniture testing are executed indoors, where the environment is fully conditioned. We are strongly supported by simulation tools, to facilitate all stages of a vehicle development process: from basic component tests to complete vehicle or system integration and compliance programmes.

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  • One-stop-shop for passive safety systems crash tests
  • Effective solutions based on years of experience
  • Fast results via parallel testing
  • Improved time-to-market
  • Up-to-date knowledge
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Furniture crash tested in air

Bas van Boxtel, Technical Manager, Sapa Pole Products

" We produce aluminum lighting columns according to EN 40-6. We offer impact-direction-independent solutions from HE3 to NE3, and everything in between, for any purpose. For any combination of preferred column height, speed-limits, foundation and possible secondary hazards we offer the best choice of solutions. To improve road safety, we carried out crash tests according to EN 12767. The latest development, which has been tested at TASS International, was a special one: our redesigned NE3 (70NE3 and 100NE3). To eliminate all uncertainties due to ground interactions, we tested the lighting column without any support from soil. We therefore removed the 50m3 of earth from the test location and installed a special construction to test our 15m column surrounded with a concrete prefab TOAD in the air!! Based on only the inertia of the added TOAD we achieved NE3 again, confirmed by the mandatory CE certification of it by TÜV Rheinland LGA. This combination is no longer dependent on the surrounding backfill or on variables such as groundwater level etc. We can conclude that the pole will perform even better than tested in all practical cases, as there’s always something more supportive than air when the columns are installed in-situ. Many compliments to TASS International for their outstanding performance and for all of the extra measures they took above and beyond the minimum requirements. Thanks! "

Field of expertise

  • Frontal impact tests
  • Side impact tests
  • Rollover tests
  • Whiplash tests
  • Pedestrian head impact tests
  • Heavy vehicle tests

  • Sign post tests
  • Lighting column tests
  • Truck-mounted attenuators
  • Safety barrier tests
  • Aircraft parts safety tests

Full scale crash testing

The testing facility with its 160 meter track offers the entire range of testing capabilities necessary to cover all existing and future global legal and customer-specific requirements. We perform all test modes for passenger cars, buses and heavy duty vehicles, both with conventional driveline and electrical/hybrid driveline. On our adjected outdoor proving ground next to our crash hall, we can test road furniture like lighting columns and sign posts, for which we are one of the accredited test centres.

inverse crash sled testing

Inverse Crash Sled Testing

The inverse crash sled is a simulator designed to test occupant restraint systems, vehicle and aircraft seats and all other interior vehicle components, either in subcomponent- or full body-in-white-testing. The innovative propulsion system allows the set-up of the most complex tests, such as whiplash testing. The excellent pulse accuracy and repeatability allows our team to work efficient and accurate. Closed loop acceleration control assures an optimum quality of pulse adaptation with outstanding frequency response and repeatability. With payloads up to 3.000 kg we can cover the complete range from fully equipped passenger cars to truck and bus cabins.

Laboratory For Pedestrian Protection Testing

Our testing facility is accredited to Euro NCAP protocols and ISO-17025 accredited following European and American standards. We can test pedestrian and occupant safety in our specialized laboratory. This highly advanced testing laboratory is dedicated to both vehicle front structure impact tests with head, lower- and upper-leg-forms and to impact tests within the vehicle interior. Our dedicated team of our test lab in Helmond, The Netherlands, tests with great accuracy in impact speed, angle and reproducibility after which they analyze your test results within minutes. All following the latest regulations.

impact testing
Heavy Duty Vehicle Crash Testing

Heavy Duty Vehicle Crash Testing

Heavy duty vehicles aren’t easy to test as they require not only much space, but also much knowledge. We have over 35 years of experience in heavy duty crash testing and offer our customers not only full scale crash testing, but sensor testing too. We offer a range from test mode development to executed test analysis. At our external facility we perform guard-rail tests and roll-over tests. We execute heavy duty vehicle tests up to 40 kilometers per hour, with a maximum gross weight of 22 tons.

Aviation Seats Crash Testing

Besides offering testing capabilities for the automotive branche, our ISO-17025 accredited lab in Helmond, The Netherlands, is also qualified for aviation seats crash testing. We test aircraft seats and flight attendant seats. These tests are performed on our Inverse Crash Sle, but our lab can perform development tests specifically to customers’ needs. Our test facility is an by Airbus accredited lab.