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NHTSA examines roof rules

WASHINGTON - U.S. highway safety regulators may toughen crush-resistance standards on vehicle roofs to reduce injuries in rollovers, the most dangerous type of wreck for light trucks, Bloomberg News Service reported.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering changes after finding roof damage involved in serious or fatal injury to 26 percent of passengers in rollover crashes. The agency said a study of accident data from 1995 through 1999 showed passengers were almost six times more likely to die in a rollover crash than in a front-end wreck. The roof review is the agency's third step this year to evaluate rollovers.



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