New Roof Crush Standards Mandated

by: Prince, Glover & Hayes Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

After more than 30 years, the federal government will require automakers to comply with tougher roof crush standards for passenger cars and most light trucks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will require a vehicle roof to withstand three times the curb weight of the vehicle. A 5,000-pound maximum will no longer be required. Consumer advocates are pleased that safety testing will include pressure applied first to one side and then the other side of the roof in order to more accurately replicate a rollover. Automakers must phase in the new standards September 2012 and be fully compliant by 2017.

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