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    Preventing Car Roof Crush Accident
    Advocates push for stricter standard in vehicle roof strength.

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  • What: Press conference to present results of real-world (dynamic) rollover crash tests, which will highlight the inadequacies of the federal government’s work to upgrade the roof strength standard. Public Citizen, the Center for Auto Safety and the Center for Injury Research will show video comparing the results of a real-world rollover crash test to the inadequate test that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) continues to use. The Jordan Rollover System (JRS) test featured in the video reveals weaknesses in vehicle roof structure and injury risks that NHTSA’s test does not. Footage of the JRS rollover tests on three late-model vehicles will be shown, and the damage and injury risk will be compared to that of the same three vehicles in NHTSA’s tests (copies of the dynamic crash test footage for these and three additional late-model vehicles also will be available).

    Facts: Rollovers account for only four percent of crashes but represent 35 percent of all highway fatalities involving vehicle occupants – needlessly killing 10,800 and seriously injuring more than 16,000 people per year. NHTSA is in the process of updating its roof strength rule, which dates from the 1970s and requires a test that merely puts pressure on the corner of the vehicle’s roof. NHTSA will issue its final roof strength rule by Oct.1; according to all indications, this final rule will not require a real-world test but instead will continue to use a test that is outdated, inaccurate and unreliable.

    When: 12 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, Sept. 9

    Where: Morton Auditorium, George Washington University Campus, 805 21st Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

    Speakers: Joan Claybrook (President of Public Citizen a national nonprofit consumer advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C.), Clarence Ditlow (Executive director of the Center for Auto Safety), Don Friedman (President of the Center for Injury Research and renowned engineer).

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  • Live Web Cast Through New Media Mill

    December 11, 2006, Washington DC, George Washington University – Speakers and panel – Center for Injury Research, Center for Auto Safety, and Public Citizen (live web cast thru New Media Mill)