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SAFETEA: Safety for All Campaign
Victory for the SAFETEA Bill 2005
In a major safety victory, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) was signed into law on August 10, 2005. The final law contains provisions requiring NHTSA to issue a minimum rollover propensity standard, which will help to prevent rollover crashes; an ejection mitigation standard to protect vehicle occupants from being thrown from their vehicles during crashes; and a stronger roof crush standard, which will help prevent deaths and spinal cord injuries caused by roof collapse in rollover crashes. Additional safety victories include limitations on the use of dangerous 15-passenger vans by schools for transporting children and provisions requiring improvements in passenger protection in side impact crashes.
Click here to read a statement by Joan Claybrook, President of Public Citizen, on the Senate Committee's approval of SAFETEA. Click here to read a statement by Joan Claybrook, President of Public Citizen, on the release of preliminary 2004 traffic fatality data.
New Important Information about SAFETEA
Improving Roof Strength: A Crucial Part of SAFETEA
SURVIVORS SPEAK OUT
On April 19, 2004, three parents of children killed or injured in belted SUV rollover crashes joined Public Citizen to expose the failure of belts in rollovers.
On March 23, 2004 seven crash victims joined safety organizations and auto suppliers to demand that Congress enact new auto safety standards. Two additional advocates unable to attend provided written statements.
The auto safety provisions in SAFETEA would save thousands of lives each year by requiring manufacturers to make long-overdue and feasible changes to their vehicles.
Follow the links below to view chronologies on key safety issues:
The auto industry claims SAFETEA isn’t needed and that people should just buckle up. Unfortunately, seatbelts don’t always protect people in the most dangerous of crashes – vehicle rollovers.
Click here to download our report “Rolling Over on Safety: The Hidden Failure of Belts in Rollovers”
It is outrageous that Congress is refusing to react to the tragedy of countless unnecessary rollover deaths. Following the highly publicized and still-tragic Ford Firestone debacle of the late 1990’s, which resulted in the deaths of at least 200 people, Congress acted quickly to pass legislation to enhance tire safety and information collection. But since the passage of that law, over 150 times that number of people were killed in rollovers alone.
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