ARLINGTON, VA - The Association of International Automobile Manufacturers released the following statement in response to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s release of updated roof strength standards for light vehicles. The statement can be attributed to Michael J. Stanton, President and CEO of the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, Inc. (AIAM):
“The Association of International Automobile Manufacturers (AIAM) and its member companies are pleased that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released new and enhanced roof strength standards for light vehicles.
“AIAM has long supported Congress’ direction for NHTSA to issue such upgraded roof strength requirements as part of a comprehensive strategy to address vehicle rollover crashes. While we have not had an opportunity to thoroughly review these new rules in detail, AIAM commends NHTSA’s approach of preventing rollovers through several measures, including mandating the installation of electronic stability control systems (ESC), the development of other electronic crash avoidance systems such as road departure warning systems, and the 2004 enhancement of the agency’s new car assessment program (NCAP) statistics which provides consumers information on the rollover propensity of specific models.
“All of these steps have assisted in reducing the frequency of rollovers. As an industry that requires long lead times to integrate new engineering requirements in our next-generation vehicles, we look forward to working closely with NHTSA to ensure the timely integration of these new standards into the next generation of vehicles we’ll soon be bringing to market.”