VMI, a leader in the manufacture and distribution of wheelchair accessible full-size and minivan conversions, and the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) have released VMI’s government safety test results to mobility consumers. VMI’s Honda Odyssey, Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan wheelchair vans comply with each of the required tests from the National Highway Safety Administration’s Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS).
“Until now, there hasn’t been a consolidated source where customers can compare the results of every manufacturers’ safety scores for wheelchair accessible vehicles,” noted Doug Eaton, president of VMI. “The NMEDA website now publishes that vehicle safety information, which is voluntarily provided by mobility vehicle manufactures. VMI is proud to be among the first to publically release our government safety standards for all of our wheelchair vehicles. By working with NMEDA and being completely transparent with our safety standards, VMI is empowering mobility customers with critical safety information that will better help in the selection of their wheelchair accessible vehicle.”
For the first time ever, safety data is being made available to consumers by NMEDA. Through their Compliance Review Program, all important government regulatory safety standards and manufacturer compliance resultsare available on-line. NMEDA members are not required to submit data, and all data turned in is confidential.
“Our Compliance Review Program allows our manufacturer members to publicize the results of their safety test programs through an independent third party,” noted Dave Hubbard, director of NMEDA. “Over the years, VMI has been a strong supporter of NMEDA’s safety initiatives, and we appreciate their efforts in promoting fair competition and the highest safety standards.”
In an effort to put the power of choice back into consumers’ hands, VMI has actively integrated safety into each aspect of its manufacturing processes. As an advocate for safe and reliable products, VMI is setting the highest standards of customer satisfaction. During the FMVSS testing, VMI received “Pass” ratings on the Odyssey, Town & Country and Grand Caravan, including:
- 50 mph rear impact collision, which tests floor structure and fuel system integrity
- 33.5 mph side impact collision, which tests side impact protection and fuel system integrity
- 35 mph frontal impact, which tests steering control rearward displacement, occupant crash protection, windshield mounting and zone intrusion and fuel system integrity (The 2011 Dodge/Chrysler van is being scheduled for this test.)
- Pull Testing: Seating Systems and Seat Belt Assy. Anchorages including Wheelchair
“For years, VMI has been one of the few mobility companies to meet FMVSS safety standards,” explained Jacques Bolduc, supervisor of NMEDA’s FMVSS Compliance Review Programs. “VMI’s safety compliance program is built into the engineering of the vehicle to ensure they exceed safety requirements. They have a sharp group of engineers who manufacture these vehicles with safety as a top priority.”
VMI’s commitment to safety starts with its award winning minivans. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated Honda Odyssey, Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan with the highest score on the front and side Crash Test Rating. The Honda Odyssey was also awarded the “Top Safety Pick” for 2009 in the minivan category. The National Highway Safety Administration rated all three minivans with a 5 Star Front/Side “Crash Impact Test Rating,” which is the highest in the industry.
“VMI will continue to release our safety test results because we want our dealers and customers to be confident that our conversions are an extension of the OEMs high standards of quality, reliability and safety,” added Eaton. “We believe the best decision is an informed decision, which is why we’re empowering our customers with a full disclosure of our safety records. We hope to motivate others in the market to be as conscientious about safety as our team.”
VMI’s highly-anticipated 2011 Honda Odyssey also underwent rigorous safety testing including the newly instituted 50 mph rear collision test. The soon to be released Honda Odyssey vehicle modification complies with all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. The 2011 Honda Odyssey, with the VMI wheelchair conversion, will be available to the public April 2011.