Photo: Morgan Corporation

Photo: Morgan Corporation

Morgan Corporation is set to release improved side- and rear-steps, plastic toolboxes, and side-guard protection devices for truck bodies, the company announced.

The new side- and rear-step designs and dent resistant plastic toolboxes are lighter than traditional metal toolboxes. They are also sealed to prevent water intrusions.

The importance of side guard protection in North America, especially in many of the major urban areas, is steadily increasing, according to Alex Epstein, an engineer with the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Truck side guards are intended to sweep aside pedestrians and bicyclists in side-impact crashes, rather than being swept underneath the vehicle, Epstein said.

A number of U.S. cities and commercial insurers have joined 47 countries in requiring the use of side guards over the past five years.