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Statement Following Release of New IIHS Roof Strength Ratings

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March 24, 2009

ARLINGTON, VA —The Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, Inc. (AIAM) today released the following statement regarding the March 24, 2009 release of roof crush rollover tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The following statement can be attributed to Michael J. Stanton, President and CEO of AIAM.

“AIAM appreciates the efforts of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to gain additional research data on the relationship between roof strength and the outcome of single-vehicle rollover crashes. We will continue to review the results of their studies along with other data currently being developed on this serious issue.

“Rollover crashes are unpredictable, complex and potentially violent events. Unfortunately, injuries can occur if there is minimal roof deformation after a crash. At other times vehicle occupants are unharmed even if there is significant roof deformation.

“AIAM supports NHTSA’s comprehensive approach to reducing both the risk of rollovers as well as injuries to occupants when rollovers do occur. This includes the new regulations for Electronic Stability Control (ESC), the current rulemaking under way to upgrade the existing safety standard for roof crush resistance, and research to establish requirements that will help prevent occupant ejections.”

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