The government announced Thursday that it will require automakers to have new safety features for side windows to keep occupants from being ejected from cars and trucks during rollover crashes.
“Rollover crashes are the deadliest of all crash types, and this is another important step in our efforts to reduce fatalities and serious injuries that result from them,” said David Strickland, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
When fully implemented by model year 2018, the new rule will prevent an average of 373 deaths and 476 serious injuries every year, Strickland said. There were 8,267 deaths in rollover crashes in 2009, according to the latest data from the agency.
The new rule applies to vehicles with a gross weight rating of 10,000 pounds or less, which includes cars and light trucks. It requires manufacturers to develop a countermeasure to prevent the equivalent of an unbelted adult from moving more than 4 inches past the side window opening in a crash.
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