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Journal Article

Citation

Whitfield RA, Jones IS. Am. J. Public Health 1995; 85(9): 1268-1271.

Affiliation

Quality Control Systems Corp., Crownsville, MD 21032, USA.

Copyright

(Copyright © 1995, American Public Health Association)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

7661237

PMCID

PMC1615587

Abstract

Consumers may be unaware of the risk of rollover crashes posed by passenger loads in vehicles with poor roll stability. This analysis demonstrates that certain sports utility vehicles and small pickup trucks have designs that are so unstable that the weight of the passengers in the vehicle affects its propensity to roll over. This effect occurs even though the weight of the loaded vehicle is less than the manufacturer's gross vehicle weight rating. The risk of a fatal, "untripped" rollover crash in vehicles with low roll stability is increased as each passenger is added to the vehicle load.


Language: en

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