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SUV Rollover Tests Call for Tougher Roofs

Posted March 12, 2008

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— New information was released Wednesday concerning the dangers of being in a sport utility vehicle that rolls over.

Every year, some 10,000 people die in rollover crashes.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently tested roofs on older, mid-size SUVs.

A key finding was that injury and death rates were lower in vehicles with stronger roofs.

Among the SUVs tested, the 2000-2004 Nissan Xterra scored the highest for having the strongest roof.

The 1999-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee scored the weakest.

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  • Adelinthe Mar 14, 2008

    What they all need is lower centers of gravity and roll bars; not JUST tougher roofs! Pfffttt!!!

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Arkansas Razorback Mar 13, 2008

    Shiny side up, rubber side down.

  • whatelseisnew Mar 13, 2008

    They have a label on the driver side sunshade that reads: The four round things are to remain under you while driving,

  • mrtwinturbo Mar 13, 2008

    Is it the roof that is stronger or the construction methods used? The windows play a large part in the strength of the roof and vehicle.

  • HEELZareNumber1 Mar 13, 2008

    So SUV drivers should drive more careful!!!! why change the SUV to fit the driver's bad driving skills...
    dk12
    they are not all caused by bad drivers ever heard of a blow out on the highway? 99% of the time if you are in an SUV that has a blow out you are going to roll if you are on the highway!!! But I'm glad to see my car scored the best!!!

  • Six String Mar 13, 2008

    Not every rollover is the driver's fault. How about when another fool hits you?

  • dk12 Mar 12, 2008

    So SUV drivers should drive more careful!!!! why change the SUV to fit the driver's bad driving skills...