Oversight on Passenger Vehicle Roof Strength

Thomas P. Brooks

Series: Safety and Risk in Society
BISAC: LAW117000

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“Roof crush” describes a vehicle’s roof as it is deformed during a rollover crash. According to some analysts, a collapsing roof can compromise all a vehicle’s safety features, including its seatbelts and side-curtain airbags. Partial or complete ejection of the occupants can result. This book is focused on automobile safety, specifically on the NHTSA rulemaking on vehicle roof strength standards to protect automobile passengers in the event of rollover accidents. Biomechanics and what occurs in a rollover, the relationship between the vehicle roof strength and the occupant injury risk, the history and efficacy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s roof strength standards in improving vehicle safety are all examined and discussed at length.

Witnesses
Claybrook, Hon. Joan B., President, Public Citizen
Coburn, M.D., Hon. Tom, U.S. Senator from Oklahoma
Garcia, Dr. David A., Independent Contractor and Public Speaker
Gillan, Jacqueline S., Vice President, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
Ports, Jr., James F., Deputy Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, DOT; accompanied by Stephen R. Kratzke, Associate Administrator
Oesch, Stephen L., Senior Vice President, Insurer and Government Relations, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Letter, dated June 18, 2008 to Senator Pryor
Stanton, Michael J., President and CEO, Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, Inc.
Strassburger, Robert, Vice President, Vehicle Safety and Harmonization, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Inc

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