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23
Mar
Rollovers

New Rollover Regulations To Save Lives

Rollover crashes are the most deadly type of accident that the occupant of a motor vehicle can face. In 2009, 8,200 people died from rollover crashes in the United States alone. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hopes to reduce that number (NHTSA).

The new regulations, which will go into effect slowly from 2013-2018, require improved side curtain airbags and more crush resistant roofs for every model produced. The specs will require the side curtains to be strong enough to prevent ejection even if the window of the vehicle is open. This aspect of the new regulations is based on data that demonstrates that half of the occupants killed in rollovers were completely ejected from their vehicle.

The reasoning behind the more crush resistant roof is self evident. The NHTSA estimates that these new regulations will add about $31 per vehicle in coming years. That is a small price to pay for your life if you are in a rollover accident.