The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to apply a federal standard to bumpers of light trucks and vans, including SUVs. In a letter dated August 14, the IIHS provided more data at the request of the NHTSA in support of regulations for bumpers on SUVs, pickups and vans. The IIHS originally petitioned the NHTSA back in 2008 asking for amendments to bumper standards.
In the initial request, the IIHS noted that it is legal to sell new SUVs, pickups and vans without bumpers and, without a bumper, the cost of repairing these vehicles even after low speed accidents is higher than vehicles with adequate bumpers. The IIHS also noted that light trucks and vans can install bumpers that are not compatible in height with car bumpers so that cars sustain excessive damage in low speed accidents.
In its latest letter, the IIHS provided data which debunked arguments that light trucks and vans cannot have compatible bumpers. The Institute asked the NHTSA to apply federal bumper standards to light trucks and vans to reduce the costs associated when repairing passenger vehicles involved in underride/override crashes.
The IIHS also noted that lower compatible bumpers on light trucks and vans should also help in pedestrian accidents.
We join with the IIHS in asking the NHTSA to apply bumper standards “without delay.”
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