• Dec 5th 2006 at 6:49AM
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Although rollovers only make up three percent of crashes in the US, they account for over a quarter of all traffic fatalities. General Motors is in the process of investing over $10 million to study the effects of rollover crashes and while doing so, has made a pledge to outfit all their vehicles with rollover-enabled airbags by 2012.

Currently, a little under half of the vehicles sold by GM are equipped with such detection and deployment systems, and although the number of rollover crashes is small in comparison when viewed amidst the majority of crashes, the General thinks that more research is necessary.

[Source: Detroit News]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      GM currently has one of the smallest percentage of cars in the industry with 6 airbags standard. Hopefully this will change things.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Big surprise, GM gets slammed on this blog for doing the right thing. More self-hatred of anything American....

      We wouldn't bash them if it wasn't well deserved. GM is full heartedly responsible for America's obsession with various gas guzzling monstrosities.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why does national pride come into every discussion. If it is right it's right if it's wrong it's wrong, leave the country of origin out of the discussion.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd rather have GM teach people how to drive their products instead of accommodating bad drivers.
      • 8 Years Ago
      wow, 3% of accidents are responsible for 25% of fatalities? Are you sure? Where's that number come from?

      Wouldn't that warrant a ban for SUVs? The extremely safety conscious (or so they say) NHTSA ought to do something about that!
      mike
      • 8 Years Ago
      good job gm, lets do it instead of just talking bout it though. i hate how they announce stuff 5 years in advance all the time. but kudos gm. this goes along with standard stabilitrak in almost everything too.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #1 & #5 agreed.
      DriftPunch
      • 8 Years Ago
      Isn't this Autoblog? Please tell me if I've mistakenly clicked on Autoblog Green!

      A SUV may get 15 mpg, your Subaru may get 25, a difference of only 10 mpg. If that gap begets a 'gas guzzling monster description', then how might the driver of a Prius, Insight, or other fuel miser describe your Subaru getting 20 mpg less? You monster!

      Bottom line, Good Job GM!

      It's funny how many persue the doctorine of 'need', when discussing things they don't like. Why do you 'need' a SUV, or 'need' a pickup to commute? There are just as many Al Gore types out there that say "Why do you 'need' AWD, RWD, turbos, 200+ hp in a commuter, (insert luxury or performance item here)...
      • 8 Years Ago
      dammn b1t3h you stupid fly
      • 8 Years Ago
      they dont even put air bag systems in the 3rd row of the crappy highlander/caravan. even the second row has sub-par air bags and they tout about roll over protection in 2012? "ok loyal GM drivers, we're going to make a safe car by 2012.. just wait another 6yrs or so."
      • 8 Years Ago
      Glenn -

      Agreed. Though GM will be spending millions of our dollars - because we pay them to do it.

      Sadly, I don't think most such "invincible" drivers ever figure out "that their vehicle is LESS capable than a car."

      However, I wish they'd start building other vehicles that have many of the useful traits in SUVs. Quick example: Today's remarkably powerful minivans and sedans have handling and braking that shames anything I grew up with. Yet trailer towing capacities are pathetically low (and let's not get started with the different tow ratings available in European versions of cars we get in the US).

      I tow a popup camper with my minivan - and love its combination of good handling, low center of gravity, reasonable tow rating and useful cargo space. I don't want an SUV - but as my kids grow up, most any camper larger than a popup pushes me into a truck or SUV. A '71 Impala had a 7000 pound tow capacity. Why is a V8 Buick Lucerne limited to 1000 pounds? With the resurgence of RWD sedans, I'd like to think that reasonable tow capacities would follow - but it doesn't seem to be working that way.
      • 8 Years Ago
      yeap, agreed to #1, when it comes time to break you have 4 tires adn if you ad AWD you have 200lbs more to stop, so you're more likely to rear-end

      personally I can live with RWD 33i, G35 as their braking is great adn handling is great,, adn if it's snow out why would i need to accelerate fast of a light - i'd just be putting myself in danger.
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