THE SAFETY COSTS OF FUEL ECONOMY STANDARDS

Congress is considering legislation that would substantially increase the stringency of the fuel economy standards applicable to new vehicles, including passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles. Technology experts have stated that there are no new technologies that will produce such increases in fuel economy. Significant increases in fuel economy will require downsizing vehicles. Safety experts are warning that downsizing cars will lead to substantial increases in highway deaths and serious injuries, because smaller cars are less able to withstand crash forces than larger cars. In determining the safety implications of further increases in federal fuel economy standards, two questions need to be addressed. These questions are: (1) Will current proposals to increase fuel economy standards result in a fleet of smaller, lighter vehicles? and (2) Are smaller vehicles less safe? This report summarizes studies and information on these two questions.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Coalition for Vehicle Choice

    1440 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 320
    Washington, DC  United States  20005
  • Authors:
    • Steed, D K
  • Publication Date: 1991-5

Media Info

  • Pagination: 10 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00608638
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1991 12:00AM