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From the archives of "The Expert", ATA's industry newsletter:
Product Liability - Product hazard reduction
An Expert's Perspective- The Product Liability Case
Consumer Product Safety - Guidelines for coordinating product development with product safety



In the interest of supplying our clients with enhanced services, the ATA Products Liability Team is an assemblage of seasoned experts associated with our company that work in a variety of areas that cover the wide spectrum of factors and eventualities that arise during the course of an accident investigation. In addition to performing the functions of accident reconstructionists, ATA serves as an investigation coordinator, utilizing our network of associated experts to serve our clients in the best, most efficient way possible.

ATA's engineering and technical staff experts provide clients with in-depth analysis based on product information from CPSC, UL, ASTM, ANSI and manufacturers product information. Additionally, we perform in-house laboratory testing where it is warranted in order to verify condition, composition and operation.

An environmental hood, horizontal and vertical flame test chambers, tension and compression load cells, accelerometers for measuring vibration and structural loading jigs provide unique capabilities to test products and components. Test data can be logged electronically for analysis and display.

Recent tests include minivan rear door structural loading, failure testing of glass containers, spring rate measurement and testing, hydraulic pump relief valve performance, SUV rollover tests, fuel pump failure mode tests and analysis, air bladder failure testing,stick-steer boat rate-of-turn tests and characterization of water heater thermostat operating parameters in optimal and sub-optimal conditions.

ATA has extensive in-house capability but also maintains alliances with several laboratories in the nearby area for quick access in highly specialized situations.

Examples of products we have conducted testing and analysis on include:

  1. Child seats
  2. Water heaters and scald injuries
  3. Lawn mowers
  4. Floor scrubbers
  5. Bicycle Helmets
  6. Motorcycles
  7. Clothing
  8. Industrial tools
  9. Electrical appliances

ATA also provides prototype testing and analysis of new products in addition to testing and analysis of failed products and product components.