[quote]Originally posted by Artman @_@:
<strong>Man, thank God for Frontline. It is the best news program around. They just had a
show on SUVs and how Detroit and the Government (Nixon, Reagan, Bush Sr. and Jr.)
worked together to keep the SUV models unsafe
The kicker of the report was an interview they were conducting outside a courthouse...
as they were completing the interview...there was a huge crash...an SUV had rolled over
in the street!
Though the current SUVs do have a lower and wider design now, they are still unsafe and are gas guzzlers. And still, 90% of SUV purchases are for NON-OFF ROAD use.
A Few Facts About SUVs and Safety
There will be an estimated 70,000 SUV rollovers in 2002, in which it's estimated 2000 people will die.
In the 10-year period during which Ford-Firestone related rollovers caused some 300 deaths, more than 12,000 people -- 40 times as many -- died in SUV rollover crashes unrelated to tire failure.
A Ford Explorer is 16 times as likely as the typical family car to kill occupants of another vehicle in a crash.
1 out of 4 new vehicles sold in the U.S. is an SUV, making it the most popular type of vehicle in America. The Ford Explorer is the most popular SUV in the world.</strong><hr></blockquote>
Where I grew up, people put roll bars INSIDE their SUVs (weren't called SUVs, though.) Matter of fact one of my friend's family rolled theirs, with the cage inside, and everyone survived just fine.
Nothing stopping people from IMPROVING the safety of cars their damn selves.