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"NHTSA Looks Into Another Airbag Problem with GM Chevy Impalas"

 By Eric T. Chaffin | September 4, 2014

"Chevy Impala has Airbag Software Flaw, Safety Advocate Claims in U.S. Petition"

 By Auto News | April 7, 2014

"NHTSA Asked to Investigate More GM Air-Bag Failures"

By Jeff Green and Jeff Plungis | April 7, 2014  

"Study of Rollover Occupant Injury Mitigation Using Dynamic Testing to Evaluate Alternative Protection Systems" from SPE 2013 Conference


Outdated Crash Test Dummies Blamed for Continued Auto Fatalities

By Denise Johnson | December 18, 2012

U.S. auto manufacturers produce 15 million vehicles a year and there are about 200 million vehicles on the road currently, according to Donald Friedman, a Calif.-based engineer and co-founder of the Center for Injury Research. (View entire article)


Four Teenage Boys Die in SUV Rollover Crash


Consumer Advisory: NHTSA Reissues 15-Passenger Van Safety Caution 

1. If you are an owner, make sure the vehicle is properly maintained.

2. Owners should make sure drivers are fully trained and experienced in operating a 15-passenger van and are properly licensed.

3. 15-passenger vans are very sensitive to loading and should not be overloaded under any circumstances.Agency research shows overloading not only increases rollover risk but makes the vehicle more unstable in any handling maneuvers.

4. Owners should make sure that properly sized tires are being used on their vehicles.

5. Before every trip, drivers should check the tires for proper inflation, and make sure there are no signs of wear. Correct tire size and inflation pressure information can be found in the owner’s manual.

6. If you are a passenger, make sure you buckle up for every trip.



NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts on Fatalities to Occupants of 15 Passenger Vans, 2003-2007

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Petition for reconsideration of FMVSS 216 final rule.

  • June 26, 2009
  • Mr. Ronald Medford
  • Acting Deputy Administrator
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
    1200 New Jersey Ave.
    SE Washington D.C. 20590
  • 1. The quasi-static test and criteria does not reasonably differentiate between the injury risk of compliant and non-compliant vehicles. Some compliant vehicles have substantially greater injury risk than some non-compliant vehicles and vice-versa, as shown by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) real world rollover statistics and Jordan Rollover System (JRS) dynamic test data.
  • 2. Contrary to NHTSA assertions, the JRS dynamic test device has been available for two years and extensive test data submissions show it to be reliable, repeatable, validated to real world rollover injury risk and accurate in assessing comparative injury potential performance, as identified above.
  • 3. Drivers and passengers of light trucks, SUVs and vans to 10,000 pound gross vehicle weight (GVW) deserve the same rollover protection as occupants of 6,000 pound GVW vehicles. They are often less stable, occupants are more vulnerable and the vehicles are used more frequently in off-road transportation.