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Rollover Crashes

Every year more than 10,000 people -- one-third of all occupant fatalities -- die in rollover crashes, although rollovers are only 4 percent of all crashes.  Despite repeated requests from safety advocates and members of Congress over the past two decades, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has failed to establish a standard for rollover prevention, implementing instead a weak consumer information program.

Rollover crashes do not have to be deadly, as rollovers are among the most survivable of all crash types.   Public Citizen supports the creation of a dynamic rollover standard, supported by mandatory crashworthiness protections, in addition to providing consumers with effective, readily available vehicle-specific information at the point-of-sale.

This year, the House and Senate will consider the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2003 (TEA-3) which includes a provision for the development of a rollover crashworthiness standard as well as other provisions which could help mitigate the harm of rollover crashes.  Click here to visit our TEA-3 page.

Learn more about roof crush and rollover

Visit our  roof crush and rollover information center.

If you are interested in learning more about SUV safety visit the Public Citizen SUV safety hazards page.

Click here for information on our press conference and report exposing safety belt failures in rollovers.

Click here to learn more about the Ford-Firestone disaster.

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