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Since 1972, highway fatalities have decreased even though the number of vehicles and vehicle miles driven has increased dramatically. However, deaths and catastrophic injuries due to roof crush and rollover have increased each year for the last 36 years.
By clicking here you may research automobile crash statistics of any state and any county in the state.The national crash fatality rate is 14.7%. Do you know what the fatality rate is for your state, for your county? How does it compare with neighboring counties?
On January 11, 1971, Fisher Body began testing its passenger car roofs using the two-sided roof strength standard. Between January 11 and March 9, 1971, virtually all GM vehicles that were tested failed to meet the proposed roof strength test. On January 21, 1971, Ford began testing its passenger car roofs using the proposed two-sided roof strength standard. Between January 21 and March 6, 1971, all of Fordproduction vehicles that were tested failed to meet the proposed roof strength standard. Ford’s recommendation to pass the proposed two-sided roof strength standard was to “have the second test on the other front corner of the car removed or have the test load reduced 25 to 50%.” Between March and April 1971, GM, Ford and Chrysler each opposed the NHSB’s proposed two-sided static roof crush test. Despite knowledge to the contrary, the vehicle industry told the NHSB/NHTSA on April 5, 1971, that testing both sides of the roof was unnecessary. GM, Ford and Chrysler proposed a much weaker one-sided test, with a platen and a reduction in pitch angle. The NHSB/NHTSA accepted the vehicle industry’s word and revised the roof strength standard down by requiring the manufacturers apply a static load to one side of the vehicle. In short, the vehicle industry duped the government into implementing a standard that their vehicles couldalreadypass, not a standard that would actually protect people in a rollover. As such, on December 8, 1971, the NHTSA announced that FMVSS 216 was being created as a temporary alternative to FMVSS 208 rollover testing.
One of the easiest ways to improve roof strength is by keeping the front windshield and the rear back-lite glass from breaking out or popping out. June 27, 1984, General Motors - Ivars Arums