ASTM E2574 / E2574M - 12a

    Standard Test Method for Fire Testing of School Bus Seat Assemblies

    Active Standard ASTM E2574 / E2574M | Developed by Subcommittee: E05.17

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.07


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    Significance and Use

    In this test method fire test response characteristics of a school bus seat assembly are assessed following ignition by a square gas burner.

    This test method is similar in concept to a fire test currently used, and which has been in such use for many years, as the industry standard for flammability testing of school bus seats (see Appendix X1). However, in this test method the paper bag has been replaced by a gas burner as the ignition source.

    The US federal government has issued a flammability test applicable to interior materials in road vehicles, FMVSS 302. FMVSS 302 remains the only regulatory test for assessing fire-test-response characteristics of school bus seats.

    ASTM has issued Test Method D5132 in order to provide a more standardized way of conducting FMVSS 302.

    The test method described in this document provides a significantly higher challenge to school bus seats than the FMVSS 302 federal regulatory test. Therefore, any seat assembly that performs acceptably in this test is likely to meet the requirements of FMVSS 302.

    It is clear that those seat assemblies that exhibit little or no flame spread, short times to flame extinction and little mass loss in this test are likely to exhibit improved performance in an actual fire situation compared to seat assemblies that burn vigorously and have high mass loss.

    This test is primarily useful to distinguish products that, when exposed to these fire conditions, will become fully involved in fire from other products that will not.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This is a fire-test-response standard.

    1.2 This test method assesses the burning behavior of upholstered seating used in school buses by measuring specific fire-test responses when a school bus seat specimen is subjected to a specified flaming ignition source under normally ventilated conditions.

    1.3 The ignition source is a gas burner.

    1.4 This fire test is primarily useful to distinguish products that, when exposed to an ignition source, will become fully involved in fire from other products that will not.

    1.5 Data are obtained describing the burning behavior of the seat assemblies from a specific ignition source until all burning has ceased.

    1.6 This test method does not provide information on the fire performance of upholstered seating in fire conditions other than those conditions specified.

    1.7 The burning behavior is visually documented by photographic or video recordings, whenever possible.

    1.8 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in non-conformance with the standard.

    1.9 This standard is used to measure and describe the response of materials, products, or assemblies to heat and flame under controlled conditions, but does not by itself incorporate all factors required for fire hazard or fire risk assessment of the materials, products or assemblies under actual fire conditions.

    1.10 Fire testing is inherently hazardous. Adequate safeguards for personnel and property shall be employed in conducting these tests.

    1.11 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D5132 Test Method for Horizontal Burning Rate of Polymeric Materials Used in Occupant Compartments of Motor Vehicles

    E176 Terminology of Fire Standards

    E1537 Test Method for Fire Testing of Upholstered Furniture

    E1590 Test Method for Fire Testing of Mattresses

    E2061 Guide for Fire Hazard Assessment of Rail Transportation Vehicles

    E2067 Practice for Full-Scale Oxygen Consumption Calorimetry Fire Tests

    E2257 Test Method for Room Fire Test of Wall and Ceiling Materials and Assemblies

    F1550 Test Method for Determination of Fire-Test-Response Characteristics of Components or Composites of Mattresses or Furniture for Use in Correctional Facilities after Exposure to Vandalism, by Employing a Bench Scale Oxygen Consumption Calorimeter

    Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards

    FMVSS302 Flammability of Interior Material, U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, Transportation, Subtitle B, Chapter V, Part 571, Subpart B

    NFPA Standard

    NFPA286 Standard Method of Tests for Evaluating Contribution of Wall and Ceiling Interior Finish to Room Fire Growth


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.220.40 (Ignitability and burning behaviour of materials and products); 43.040.60 (Bodies and body components); 43.080.20 (Buses)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/E2574_E2574M-12A

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