Statement on Failure to Pass Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2010 by Clarence M. Ditlow, Executive Director, Center for Auto Safety

With highway deaths once again rising after a 4-year downturn, Congress’ failure to pass the Motor Vehicle Safety Act is a public health tragedy. In a year that began with runaway Toyota’s & ended with Windstar rear axle fractures, one thing is clear – NHTSA does not have the authority or resources to stand up to an auto industry that always has and always will place profits above safety.

 

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Statement of Clarence Ditlow on CAS Dynamic Roof Crush Tests

Since 1970, the auto industry has fought efforts by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to issue a dynamic roof crush standard that protects occupants in rollover crashes. During that time, the number of deaths to occupants in rollover crashes climbed from less than 3,000 to over 10,000 each year while total occupant fatalities declined from 43,200 to 33,300.

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