WHAT IS A M1 PULL TEST?
For the vast majority of the camper and motorhome market the Pull Test is the assessment of choice. Costing a fraction of the other tests, it lends itself to the ranks of manufacturers who can only expect to produce a relatively low volume of seats before new models of vehicle require a redesign and more testing.
The Pull Test is designed to prove that a seat can reach M1 standard, the measure set out by the European Union for passenger-carrying vehicles with no more than 8 seats. Other standards include M2, N1 and N2 and vary as to loads used and function of the vehicle. Legally, all of the seats used while the van is in motion must be tested to this standard, single passenger swivel, R & R or otherwise.
In the simplest terms, the M1 pull test simulates a crash at 30mph into solid concrete, pulling the seat with the resulting force of such a collision: 3 tonnes per passenger for 0.2 of a second. We however apply 7 tonnes for 3 seconds hold, that’s how confident we are about our construction and fit!