Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Roof Crush Resistance; Phase-In Reporting Requirements
GAO-09-797R: Jun 19, 2009
GAO reviewed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) new rule on federal motor vehicle safety standards, roof crush resistance and phase-in reporting requirements. GAO found that (1) the final rule amends NHTSA's safety standard on roof crush resistance for motor vehicles as a part of a comprehensive plan for reducing the risk of rollover crashes and the risk of death and serious injury in those crashes. The final rule also extends applicability of the standard to vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating greater than 2,722 kg. but not greater than 4,536 kg., and establishes a force requirement for these vehicles of 1.5 times the vehicle's unloaded weight; and (2) except for the delay in the effective date, NHTSA complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.