Here's an unpleasant truth: vehicle rollover crashes can be horrific events. Thankfully, we have a new way of protecting passengers from harm should a rollover occur.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued tough, new roof standards that will significantly strengthen vehicle roof structures and improve rollover crash protection. The new regulation doubles the current roof strength requirement for light vehicles. Both the driver and passenger sides of the roof must be capable of withstanding a force equal to three times the vehicle's weight.
This new standard is part of an ongoing effort here at DOT to fulfill our number one goal: safety. Safety on our roadways. Safety on our railways. Safety on our waterways. And, safety in the airways.
In light of this goal, I have to say that although these new standards go a long way toward reducing deaths, the single most effective approach to passenger safety in a rollover crash is to buckle up. Safety belts are a passenger's best defense against the violent motion and possible ejection that commonly cause rollover injuries. No degree of safety standards, no number of regulations, can protect an unbuckled passenger from the chaos of a rollover crash.
It's that simple.
So, please take a look at our new rule at the NHTSA website, and please make sure you and your loved ones buckle up.