Munich (ots) - Heavy objects from hardware stores or furniture stores can be transported unsecured in the car and pose a real risk to the occupants. This is the result of a crash test with standard furniture packs and small parts. In the test, the ADAC had simulated a crash with a fully loaded VW Golf V Variant at 45 km / h: one with secured and one with unsecured cargo.
If the load was unsecured, the occupants would have had no chance of leaving the vehicle without serious injuries. The furniture packages partially tear the front seats out of the anchorages and hit the driver and front passenger. Small parts flying around hit the driver's head so hard in a crash test that they would have been life-threatening in an emergency. The 145 kg load becomes a lethal projectile at a crash speed of only 45 km / h.
If, on the other hand, all heavy objects are fixed with belts and the small parts are placed correctly, the driver and front passenger have no increased risk due to the load in the crash test. In the crash test, the lashing straps hold the load securely, and even small parts cannot become bullets thanks to their sensible placement. In addition, the luggage net used would have kept small parts away from the first row of seats.
The ADAC recommends that motorists take enough time to secure their loads after shopping in a hardware store or furniture store. Heavy objects should be stowed in the trunk as far down as possible, with the right size if necessary in the footwell. Every load must be secured with suitable tensioning and lashing straps. The rear seat back can be additionally secured with diagonally closed belts.
Loose parts should be stowed in boxes. Products such as glasses or plates that can break in an accident can be wrapped in blankets. Cargo that does not fit completely into the interior due to its length should only ever be transported in a suitable trailer or transporter. For safety reasons, loads should never protrude into the area of the front row of seats.
Drivers who are caught with unsecured cargo in traffic must expect a warning fee of 35 euros. If there is a risk to other road users or an accident, an increased fine and a point in Flensburg will be charged. In the event of an accident with injuries or even death that can be attributed to insufficiently secured cargo, road users can even be guilty of negligent bodily harm or killing.
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