March 16, 2005

Government report shows automobiles safer than ever

Washington, DC – A high percentage of new 2005 model year passenger cars, pickup trucks, SUVs, vans and minivans offer advanced safety technology, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2005 “Buying A Safer Car” publication.

Among the findings were that 75 per cent of 2005 models are available with head protection side air bags, up nearly 50 per cent from 2004; 71 per cent are available with chest side air bags, up 11 per cent; and 90 per cent of side air bags available in 2005 have been designed in accordance with the industry’s Side Air Bag Out-of-Position Design Guidelines.

As well, 51 per cent are available with electronic stability control, up 11 per cent from 2004 and 629 per cent from 2003; and 76 per cent have innovative seatbelt reminders as standard equipment, which were implemented with the 2004 model year.

“Consumers today have more choices available to them than ever when it comes to advanced automotive safety technology,” said Robert Strassburger, vice-president of vehicle safety and harmonization for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. “Increased public awareness of safety features, rapidly advancing technologies, and voluntary industry cooperation to improve vehicle-to-vehicle crash compatibility have made this all possible.”

The Alliance is a trade association of nine car and light truck manufacturers compromised of BMW Group, DaimlerChrysler, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Porsche, Toyota and Volkswagen.

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