Automobile Safety

Archive Report

Stress on Safer Cars for Safer Driving

Call for Safer Cars to Curb Highway Carnage

Fifty thousand americans will lose their lives in automobile accidents this year—almost as many as were killed in World War I. About 1.8 million drivers, passengers, and pedestrians will be injured1—slightly more than the number of American fighting men injured in all the wars of the 20th century. The automobile is now the fourth leading cause of death in the population as a whole,2 and the primary cause among persons 5–29 years of age. The economic toll of traffic accidents is no less appalling; last year, it came to $8.2 billion in medical bills, property damage, insurance claims, and work-days lost.

Safety experts and officials at every level of government have been ...

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