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Many different models of sport utility and crossover utility vehicles offer some type of electronic stability enhancement
system. If you are uncertain if your vehicle has this technology or not review your owner's manual or visit the manufacturer's web site.
If your SUV
does not have the this anti-rollover technology — and even if it
does — here’s what Rusty Haight, professional accident investigator,
recommends you do to reduce the risks of a rollover:
first buy your SUV, drive it around in a parking lot, for example,
so you get the feel of driving it. Remember, it handles differently
than a sedan.
turns. Buckle up and use age-appropriate baby and child seats
that are installed properly.
big stuff inside the vehicle so it won’t fly in the event of a
This link provides a source for the many discussion boards relating
This link provides many news articles on SUV's.
Rollover, SUV and Roof Crush Information:
Browse through various articles, fact sheets, legislation news and more.
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Prevents SUV Rollovers
Automotive safety has taken center stage, especially as SUVs have made headlines for their tendency to rollover. For today's consumers, however, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) can make the difference. ESC can significantly reduce the risk of an SUV rollover.
- SUV Safety - How Stuff Works
- Physics of Automobile Rollovers
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administratio n (NHTSA) of the Department of Transportation of the United States government recently promulgated rollover resistance ratings for automobiles. A parameter called the Static Stability Factor (SSF) is assigned to each vehicle. It is defined as one- half the track width divided by the height of the center of gravity. It is called "static" because SSF is essentially the tangent of the slope angle for a vehicle to just roll over while sitting on the slope. Another, slightly less static, way to look at SSF is "equal to the lateral acceleration in g's at which rollover begins in the most simplified rollover analysis of a vehicle represented by a rigid body without suspension movement or tire deflections" Note
the words "at which rollover begins".
Liberty Rolls Over in Test - November
21 , 2001
You know the sun visor labels that warn SUV owners that such vehicles
dont handle like cars in emergency maneuvers? AutoWeek contributing
editor and test-track driver Pete Albrecht experienced firsthand
the seriousness of that warning on Oct. 16. He was driving a Jeep
Liberty in a slalom test when it rolled over twice, landing back
on its wheels
Ford, Firestone, and physics versus statistics - July 11,
With charges of blame being spread around, each side of the issue
seem to use statistical accident data to make a case. Statistics
do have a place and in the right place are legitimate analytical
tools. Statistics, however, unless the number of samples is extremely
large, are lacking in many ways....
SUV Design Changes May Increase Safety - February 6 , 2006
According to a study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the number of side-impact SUV accident deaths decreased by nearly half when automakers were forced to lower SUVs from the ground by as little as half an inch and/or equip them with hollow impact-absorbing bars below the bumpers.
Industry seal on SUV rollover documents challenged - December 2 , 2005
Trial lawyers for Public Justice and consumer watchdog group Public Citizen filed a legal challenge today to a Florida court order sealing “smoking gun” exhibits from a SUV rollover case decided last spring involving fatal injuries. At the request of Ford, documents showing that throughout the late 1990s Ford weakened the roof of its popular Ford Explorer SUV and has an extremely low margin of safety in rollover crashes have been sealed.
of Vehicle Compatibility/LTV Issues: NHTSA
Since the early 1980s, the category of vehicles referred to as
light trucks and vans (LTVs) has grown dramatically. LTVs consist
of trucks of 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight or less; pickups,
vans, minivans, truck-based station wagons, and sport utility
vehicles (SUVs). Between 1980 and 1996, the number of vehicles
in the U.S. fleet grew at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR)
of 2 percent. LTV sales grew at a 7.8 percent (CAGR) rate and
represented 34 percent of the fleet and 44 percent of new vehicle
sales in 1996. During this same time period, the mix of vehicles
comprising LTVs has changed, primarily due to the popularity of
minivans and SUVs.
Union: Nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports "SUV Rollover
This link takes you to the Consumer Union's web site. This section
has links to many great articles on SUV Rollovers.
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