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More safety standards on tap for auto industry

Posted On Mon, January 17, 2011

Of the 8,200 people killed in car accidents in 2009, just under 50 percent of them involved one or more people being completely ejected from their vehicle. The Department of Transportation wants to reduce that number by installing stricter safety requirements for car manufacturers to reduce ejections.

"Safety is our highest standard," said Ray LaHood, the department's secretary. "This new standard will help save lives and reduce injury by requiring vehicles to have a safety system that keeps occupants in the vehicle in a rollover crash."

The stricter standards will primarily affect manufacturers that make lighter vehicles - under 10,000 pounds - requiring unbuckled passengers being unable to move more than four inches past an open window in the event of a roll-over.

LaHood projects that this new standard, in full effect by 2013, will save approximately 373 lives and prevent 476 injuries.

Auto insurance rates rise considerably after an accident; how high they rise depends on the provider, the age of the person involved in the accident and other factors. 

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