SUV Roof Strength is Seriously Lacking
USA TODAY reports that safety advocates have been right all along; many SUVs' roofs are not strong enough and result in unnecessary deaths in rollover crashes.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released a report which suggests that 200 deaths could be prevented each year if SUV manufacturers would simply improve the strength of SUVs' roofs. IIHS President Adrian Lund has stated "strengthening a vehicle's roof reduces injury risk and reduces it a lot."
The IIHS estimates that SUVs with roofs as strong as the top-rated Nissan Xterra are 57% less likely to be seriously injured in the event of a rollover automobile crash than those driving the Jeep Grand Cherokee (1999 - 2004) the Chevy Blazer (1996 - 2004) or the bottom-rated Ford Explorer (1996 - 2004).
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