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The ATV LifeGuard® is a flexible arc, commonly known as a Roll Bar, CPD (crush protection device) or OPD (operator protection device) that mounts on the rear carrier of a quad bike (or ATV), providing space under an upturned quad in the event of a rollover. The ATV LifeGuard® is unique in the fact that it is flexible and absorbs impact, and because of its passive nature, there is a lot less chance of injury being inflicted on the rider by the unit itself. The LifeGuard® is Award winning and a WORLD FIRST in quad bike safety – designed to save lives and prevent major injury, and it works.

How the LIFEGUARD® works

The ATV LifeGuard® is unique in being possibly the only roll bar made that is flexible and has the ability to deform or deflect in shape if it comes in contact with a person’s body or limbs yet it is not able to collapse altogether. This means it can hold the back of the Quad up off the ground sufficiently to help prevent the rider from being crushed underneath. It has taken Quad Safety to a whole new level, and already proving itself.

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If the “LifeGuard®” lands on or comes in contact with the rider it depresses at the point of contact, moulding around the object but increases in vertical strength with one side or both sides helping to take the weight off the person, while still supporting the Quad. This is the main feature of the invention which could help save serious injury or death. Also because of its flexible nature, it is quite possible for a person to free themselves and prevent them being trapped underneath.

Another great feature of the “LifeGuard®”, is when the Quad rolls, and even if the “LifeGuard®” doesn’t come in contact with the rider, it will provide space under the Quad, also spreading the weight and making it quite possible to push the bike off you…

The danger of a conventional Roll Bar fitted to a Quad, is the possibility of the quad rolling and throwing the rider off, and as the Quad rolls further, the roll bar could strike the rider on the ground, inflicting injury or death. Most if not all other roll bars, are a solid ridged pipe, or bar of steel, and although strong and can give crush protection, are rather unforgiving if they strike the rider, and can exert the full weight of the Quad at the point of contact.

How the LIFEGUARD® works

What is the LIFEGUARD® made from?

The “LifeGuard®” is basically made from an aluminium base with plastic segments forming the arc. The BASE ends are from an industrial grade alloy plate with base rails of tempered high tensile extruded alloy. A process called INTERPON TC Industrial Powder Coating, is used on painting the Base, and is oven cured giving a durable, attractive and weather resistant finish. The LifeGuard® is only 13kg, and the standard mounting brackets 1.5kg!

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The SEGMENTS that form the arc are injection moulded. Different types and grades of plastic were researched to find a material with the right qualities, which included; A. Density – for strength and the ability to maintain their shape without crushing or deforming under load. B. The ability to perform in a range of temperatures between -10º to 45º Celsius. C. Weight – To get this down to an acceptable level which was less than 120 grams each.

The TENSIONING MECHANISM has been designed to be simple, strong and fail proof. All components are Stainless Steel and have been tested to meet strict engineering standards by Industrial Research Engineers in Wellington.

The CABLES which hold the Segments together, are a 12-strand braided rope, made from DSM’sDyneema® SK75 fibres. It has a low elongation of 3.7%, is extremely flexible, and has a breaking strain of 3500kg each.

The NEOPRENE COVER zips on to cover the segments. It is 5mm thick and made from neoprene, with a wear resistant UV stable nylon fabric each side. The cover gives added protection and padding if coming in contact with the rider.

The MOUNTING BRACKETS are designed to fit most types of carriers. This includes a flat bar that can be swivelled at any angle, with hooks that rotate 360° to any position. They simply clamp over each end of the ‘LifeGuard®’ and once the hooks are positioned, tighten with a torque wrench to 10ft lbs. or 12 newton metres – this is important as over-tightening could damage your carrier, and/or the hooks.

What is the LIFEGUARD® made from?

How is the LIFEGUARD® mounted to the quad?

The ATV LifeGuard® simply clamps to the rear carrier of your Quad, fitting most makes and models. Severe roll over testing has proved that this method is highly effective as the flexible character of the LifeGuard® soaks up the impact, and the carrier can easily sustain the forces required.

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The mounting brackets consist of two flat bars that can be swivelled at any angle, with hooks that rotate 360° to any position. They simply clamp over each end of the ‘Lifeguard®’ and once the hooks are positioned, tighten with a torque wrench to 10ft lbs. or 12 newton metres – this is important as over-tightening could damage your carrier, and/or the hooks.

PLEASE NOTE – The ‘LifeGuard®’ fits most makes, but is not recommended for plastic carriers, and is still undergoing testing to find a suitable mounting option for these – i.e most new Polaris Quads it may not work..

How is the LIFEGUARD® mounted to the quad?

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