New Rule to Minimize Ejection in Rollovers

Rollover crashes are one of the leading causes of death in car accidents. But soon, according to Consumer Reports, a new government rule will help reduce the number of traffic fatalities due to passenger ejection in rollovers. 

Beginning 2013, car manufacturers will be required to find a way to prevent an unbelted adult from moving more than four inches past the side window in the event of a crash. All new vehicles under 10,000 pounds must institute this standard by the 2018 model year.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says this will prevent nearly 400 fatalities and 500 serious injuries each year.

Between 2000 and 2009, 47 percent of people killed in rollover accidents were completely ejected from the vehicle. This was due in large part to a lack of seat belt use.

This new safety measure, aimed at protecting unbelted passengers,  represents the final step in a line of safety initiatives begun in 2003. Previous measures include electronic stability control (ESC); reinforced, heavier-weight roofs that help prevent crushing; and side-curtain and torso air bags, which do a better job of guarding against head and upper-body injuries in these types of wrecks.

“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 Administrator David Strickland of the NHTSA.


About Cecil Helton

Cecil Helton Cecil Helton is a U.S.-based writer and editor with passions for cars, motorcycles, boats, technology and social media. Much of his professional life since 1996 has been web-centric, and he’s written and developed content on a variety of subjects. His work in the houseboat industry received wide acclaim, such as winning the 1999 Cisco Systems Growing with Technology award and being named one of five finalists in the manufacturing sector of the 2000 Computerworld-Smithsonian Awards. As an Air Force brat, he spent much of his childhood in a two-year cycle of moving to a new place, making new friends, establishing a life, and then moving again. Destinations included: Kentucky, Illinois, Texas, the Greek isle of Crete, California and Ohio. Today you’ll find Cecil coping with his 15 year old son’s decision to pursue a motorcycle license at the same time he gets his driver’s license, being active across the web on multiple social media sites, and of course, writing articles and creating content on automotive and car insurance related topics right here at CarInsurance.org.


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