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Reauthorization bill to be considered by Senate could drastically reduce deaths in crashes involving SUVs.

The Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2003 (TEA-3), passed out of the Senate Commerce Committee on June 26, 2003, contains long-needed and substantial safety rules that will reduce deaths in crashes involving SUVs.

The rollover propensity minimum standard and rollover crashworthiness measures will reduce deaths for occupants of SUVs, and the aggressivity reduction measures will reduce deaths in other vehicles struck by SUVs in crashes. Vehicle load capacity labeling requirements will educate consumers about the carrying capacity of vehicles and thereby prevent rollover crashes related to overloading.

  • Click here to read the text of the bill passed out of the Senate Commerce Committee on June 26, 2003.
  • Click here to read a discription of the SUV safety provisions outlined in the bill.
  • Click here to read a press release from the Commerce Committee that outlines the amendments added to the base bill.
  • Click here to visit Public Citizen's TEA-3 page.

On February 26, 2003 the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on SUV safety.

  • Click here to read the Testimony of Joan Claybrook, President of Public Citizen, on the Hazards of SUVs.
  • Click here to link to the Senate Commerce Committee's website to see a full listing of the witnesses and to read their testimonies.

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