The RollTek side-roll protection system by LifeGuard Technologies, a division of IMMI, is now available on the new Freightliner Cascadia, marking its debut on a Class 8 highway truck.

According to LifeGuard, RollTek combines side airbag protection with the latest advancements in seatbelt technology. The company said that in a rollover, RollTek deploys within a quarter second to minimize driver movement, increase survivable space and cushion head and neck impact, significantly reducing the potential for death or serious injury. “Of all the fatalities in large commercial trucks, more than half can be attributed to rollovers,” said Larry Gray, gm of LifeGuard

“The Reverse Ejector Seat in the Cascadia is an important new safety technology for OTR trucks,” said Jonathan Randall, director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks.

The Cascadia is the first OTR truck available with RollTek. In January, Oshkosh introduced RollTek as an option on its S-Series front discharge mixers, and by the end of 2007, the company said, the majority of manufacturers of custom fire apparatus will offer RollTek as well.