Vehicle Roof Crush Standards for Improving Rollover Crash Safety Delayed Again
A rewrite of old regulations regarding vehicle roof crush standards, meant to improve rollover crash safety, is delayed once again.
The Bush Administration informed Congress before leaving office that the rewrite of the vehicle roof strength standard requirements written 35 years ago would not be completed before the change in Administration. Therefore, another deadline in issuing the regulation update would be missed, and President Barack Obama’s Administration will be making the final decision.
This was the third delay since the Bush Administration’s US Transportation Secretary, Mary Peters, told Congress a month before the deadline that finalization of the vehicle roof crush rules would not come until October because of a need for more regulatory analysis.
That October deadline was changed to December 15 due to a split in the Bush Administration regarding the final regulations written by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In 2005 Congress had ordered the rewrite of NHTSA roof crush regulations, and gave a July 1, 2008 deadline for issuing it. These new rules are part of an overall plan for reducing injuries and deaths of occupants wearing seatbelts when a rollover crash occurs.
According to NHTSA estimates, about 10,000 people die each year in rollover crashes. Of those, about 600 deaths and 800 serious injuries of occupants wearing seat belts are caused by the roof collapsing during a rollover crash.
Now in charge, the Obama Administration could decide to re-open the issue, which might mean even further delays of months or years before the needed revisions of rules regarding vehicle roof crush standards are finalized and issued.
If you were injured or a family member was killed in a rollover crash, please contact the Cartwright Law Firm’s auto accident attorneys in Houston using our online contact form or by telephone at (800) 841-1191. Our attorneys handle cases throughout the state and provide free, confidential consultations.