Roof crush proposal hits a snag

26 attorneys general signed a letter urging the federal government to remove a clause from its roof crush proposal that bars lawsuits against automakers so long as their vehicles meet the NHTSA standards. The state officials claim that it would put the burden of medical costs on the states and reduce motorists' recourse. The AGs' protests follow similar protests from other lawmakers, including Senators Arlen Specter and Patrick Leahy as well as Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski.

The current proposal includes SUVs and pickups for the first time, and states that a vehicle's roof must withstand 2.5 times the weight of the vehicle.

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