Dare to compare

Seeking to improve safety, the ambulance industry is constantly introducing new technology. But without extensive testing, can companies really stand by their product? Many manufactures lead end users to a false sense of security by offering unverified solutions.

As the only ambulance manufacturer independently and repeatedly testing since 1974, Horton continues to lead the market. Not satisfied by simply "getting by" on testing, Horton exceeds all KKK, NFPA and AMD standards, sometimes by as much as 400%.

Take, for example, the standard static roof test. All manufacturers are required to administer the test and most exceed the standard. Horton not only exceeds the standard, Horton exceeds the competition with a verified test up to 90,000 pounds of force. Taking the extra step for more truthful testing, we perform our static load test with a 10-point mounting to the test body floor. This test more accurately represents actual mounting to a chassis frame, giving the consumer results that are based on real-life scenarios, not a modified testing environment.

We could have stopped there, but we didn't. Voluntarily, Horton subjects its ambulances to additional dynamic testing, again mirroring the real-life scenario of an actual crash (as opposed to a static load). We also perform rollover testing, knowing it's our duty to try our systems in the most fatal of ambulance crashes.

And testing isn't limited just to safety. All features introduced as Horton standards have been tested and proven to stand up in performance, durability and reliability.

In the comparison of ambulance features, testing results are the voice of reason. Horton continues to outperform all other products available on the market and we have the results to prove it. We dare you to compare.

HYGE sled

HYGE sled testing is integral to providing accurate test results. Prior to an actual crash, both the vehicle and occupant are at constant velocity. At impact, the vehicle rapidly stops and the occupant maintains velocity. HYGE testing stimulates this exact situation, but in reverse - driving the test vehicle out from under a stationery manikin. As the acceleration and deceleration effects are interchangeable, HYGE sled testing provides the most accurate crash test results. High speed cameras and instrumented test dummies capture the data for quantifiable results.

Horton has been validating safety by using HYGE sled testing since 1974, testing body mounting, door closure systems, cabinet integrity, body structure, oxygen cylinder mounting and others.


While current industry standards call for static load tests and static pull tests, dynamic impact and sled testing is the only way to put the modular structure to the test.

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) impact tests verify the integrity of patient area by striking the roof edge with a computer-controlled sled, whose speed, weight, and force of impact are all measurable and controlled.


One of only two in the United States, this dynamic rollover test machine enables test engineers to simulate a rollover event while recording significant test data from inside the vehicle. Instrumented Hybrid III test dummies tested cushion, seatbelt and air bag efficacy.

The Horton body was subjected to 14 rollover impacts while establishing a baseline, and then testing HOPS. The body retained its structural integrity through each test, with HOPS deploying effectively during each test.