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Utility Trailer implements standard 7-in. rear impact guard on all trailers

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David Sickels is the Senior Editor of Fleet Equipment. He has a history of working in the media, marketing and automotive industries in both print and online.

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co.‘s dry vans, refrigerated vans and flatbeds produced after 2002 can now be retrofitted with Utility’s standard 7-in. deep horizontal Interstate Commerce Commission (I.C.C.) bumper.

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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently proposed to include the rear impact guard on the list of items that need to be examined during a commercial vehicle’s annual inspection. Utility says it recommends the 7-in. deep horizontal bumper for horizontal bumper replacement on new or older Utility trailer models that were built after 2002 in order to exceed all rear trailer guard safety regulations. Utility says it will discount the new bumpers as an incentive to replace the old bumpers with the new upgraded 7-in. deep bumper.

Utility’s rear impact guard I.C.C. bumper complies with United States D.O.T and Transport Canada regulations. The current 7-in. deep replacement horizontal rear bumper comes in a variety of configurations including stainless steel, bolt-on, and a wider dock lock notch reinforcement. The dock lock reinforcement plate also provides 2 in. of additional clearance that will help increase dock lock stability and provide extra clearance for some specific docks with limited dock lock clearance, the company says.

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