Automakers Urge Caution Regarding NHTSA Rollover Rating System
25 May 2000Automakers Urge Caution Regarding NHTSA Rollover Rating System
WASHINGTON, May 25 The following is a statement by Robert Strassburger, Vice President, Vehicle Safety and Harmonization, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, in response to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Proposed Vehicle Rollover Rating System: "While we fully support efforts to reduce the incidence of rollovers, the Alliance believes that NHTSA's proposed rollover rating is much too simplistic to contribute to this goal. Real-world rollover crashes involve many complex factors-the driver, road conditions, environmental conditions, and vehicle occupants-in addition to vehicle design considerations. In fact, vehicle characteristics are by far the smallest contributing factor in rollover crashes involving injury and death. "The Alliance is surprised that NHTSA proposed this particular measure for rating rollover propensity, since this same measure was rejected by the agency as inappropriate for a safety standard or as a consumer information rating more than 10 years ago. "Automakers are working to minimize the incidence of rollovers, through consumer education and through the development of advanced technologies- especially those designed to warn a driver to modify his or her behavior so as to avoid the conditions that lead to a crash. Manufacturers are also working to reduce the risks from rollovers when they do occur through new occupant protection safety measures." The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers is a coalition of 13 car and light truck manufacturers, representing BMW Group, DaimlerChrysler Corporation, Fiat Auto SpA, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, Isuzu Motors America, Inc., Mazda North American Operations, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America, Inc., Nissan North America, Inc., Porsche Cars North America, Inc., Toyota Motor North America, Inc., Volkswagen of America, Inc., and Volvo Cars of North America, Inc. It was formed in January 1999 and serves as a leading advocacy group for the automobile industry on public policy matters. Alliance member companies have approximately 600,000 employees in the United States, with more than 250 facilities in 35 states. Alliance members represent more than 90 percent of U.S. vehicle sales. For more information, visit the Alliance website at http://www.autoalliance.org.