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Locking Mechanism for Rotating Seats

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT57-08-C-10006
Agency Tracking Number: DTRT57-08-C-10006
Amount: $74,151.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 07-FR1
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2008
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2007-10-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2008-04-30
Small Business Information
3000-3003 Madison Street
Bellwood, IL 60104-2263
United States
DUNS: 77883287
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Nolan
 Advance Engineer
 (336) 605-1908
Business Contact
 Rick Komm
Title: General Manager
Phone: (708) 547-7000
Research Institution

Research is proposed to develop a locking mechanism for intercity (Amtrak) rotating seats that can be retro-fit to existing seats. Current intercity rail seats, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), present a safety hazard to the riding public. Post accident investigations show that passenger rail seats were found to have been uncontrollably rotated even though current seats are fitted with anti-rotation locks. Passengers are thrown from the seat during the accident and other safety hazards result such as passenger egress. The uncontrolled rotation results not because of any inherent inadequacy of the seat, but rather because either passenger may rotate the seats while in transit and fail to lock them securely or because the seats were not locked properly at the start of revenue service. Two special features of the locking mechanism to be developed are that it will be operable by only the train crew and that it will provide positive indication to the train crew that the seat is locked. NTSB Safety Recommendations, background information on rotating seats, and safety regulations and standards for rail passenger seating are discussed. The variety of past and current seat manufacturers presented and discussed.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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