Six vehicles that passed government roof strength standards failed a real world test. When the vehicles were tested in actual rollovers, the crash test dummies were impacted in ways that would have killed or paralyzed human occupants.
The cars tested were the 2007 Pontiac G6, 2006 Chrysler 300, 2007 Toyota Camry, 2007 Volkswagen Jetta, 2006 Honda Ridgeline and 2006 Hyundai Sonata.
The cars were tested using the Jordan Rollover System, which simulates a vehicle rollover. The National Traffic Highway Safety Administration does not use a rollover test to gauge roof strenth. Rather, it uses a static test with an vehicle upright. The test determines whether the roof can withstand 1 1/2 times the vehicle’s weight. However, the test does not simiulate an actual rollover and does not account for breaking windshields, which can weaken the roof during a rollover.
More than 10,800 people are killed in vehicle rollovers every year.
At the Gomez Law Firm, we have extensive experience representing the victims of auto defects, including roof crush, tire defects and rollovers. If you or someone you love has been the victim of any defective product, call or write a personal injury attorney at the Gomez Law Firm today.