NHTSA has just published a revised rule strengthening the roof structure for autos, light trucks, and SUVs. The rule becomes effective for most vehicles by Sept 2015, with some exceptions.
Simply the roof structure must withstand 3 times the vehicles unloaded weight without substantial deformation. Further, there will be standards regarding the 'survivable space' inside the vehicle, primarily roof clearance.
I can only surmise that this will affect our rescue operations, likely due to increased strength of the metals contained in the roof structure. This element isn't terribly new, however will require more research from us as rescuers.
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Thread: Revised FMVSS for Roof Strength
05-21-2009, 09:44 AM #1
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05-21-2009, 02:43 PM #2
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05-25-2009, 10:33 AM #3
Based on current conditions for the mfgs,maybe not. They're playing with diesel fuel again too. Time will tell but i would expect to see some active lobbying against some of this foolishness. T.C.
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