Defective Auto Products Comments Off on NHTSA Must Revise Roof Crush Rule to Enhance Auto Safety
We have always maintained that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationâ€™s (NHTSA) proposed performance standard for vehicle roofs is extremely inadequate when it comes to keeping people safe in roof crush rollover accidents. This article in the consumer watchdog Web site, Consumeraffairs.com, quotes safety advocates from Public Citizen, who agree with us 100 percent.
The main problem with NHTSAâ€™s proposed roof crush rule is that it does not require a dynamic test that mimics an actual rollover accident. On the other hand, the requirement is only for a static test where the vehicle is dropped on its roof when its immobile. We all know that auto accidents and rollovers in the real world happen when vehicles are in motion, not when they are static.
The other problem with this roof crush rule is that it fails to require manufacturers to test both the driver and passenger sides of vehicles. The NHTSAâ€™s rule relies on measuring the ability of the driverâ€™s side roof to resist 2.5 times the vehicleâ€™s weight. This is an improvement on the current standard, but still is way behind and does little to improve safety.