Oh my goodness - are we just about to the end of the rollover roof strength debate? Of course not. This is a regulatory issue, which moves along on a time scale that's otherwise best suited for discussions on geological changes. Anyways, Ralph Nader has now weighed in on the issue, suggesting that the test be performed on each side of the roof, and not just the driver's side, as is currently the case. Not a bad concept, for sure. I'd suggest an alternative that would allow manufacturers to bypass the testing if they can show that the vehicle is largely symmetrical with respect to the roof structure (which I think is the case with the vast majority of the vehicles on the road). Nader also wants to see a consumer advisory on replacement windshields, since that part is so critical in providing roof strength.
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