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Good News/Bad News on New Roof Standards

Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 6-May-2009

Posted by Paul Cornoni

OMB Watch, a government watchdog, has published an interesting blog concerning the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) new roof strength rule.  The new rule requires stronger roofs in vehicles to prevent injuries to passengers involved in rollover crashes. 

The good news:  NHTSA’s rule abandoned the Bush administration’s plan to limit the rights of individuals to file lawsuits to seek compensation for serious injuries.   The bad news:  NHTSA is giving the auto industry until the year 2016 to be in full compliance.  Auto manufacturers will have to begin applying the new standard starting in 2013.  

Despite the delay, the new standard should greatly benefit persons traveling in automobiles.  The new standard doubles the required strength for roofs.  For additional information, please send us an email or call 202-759-6699.       

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