presented the kinematic responses of the THOR dummy (along with five other dummies) in laboratory rollover tests
Several methodologies have been employed in rollover research, including dolly rollover tests
, CRIS testing, spin-fixture testing, inversion tests, and ramp-induced rollovers (e.g., [6, 8, 9]).
Ford used these tests as evidence in Alaniz because the company has not conducted preproduction rollover tests
for many years.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) established the test program to evaluate whether the government should adopt a single rollover test
. In Phase I of the program, NHTSA conducted research on various tests being used in the industry, with the purpose of eliminating "any impractical, repetitive, or inapplicable test procedures." (12) In Phase II, the agency subjected several vehicles to tests it determined to be the most valuable, repeatable, and helpful in comparing vehicles' rollover propensity, including several that plaintiffs use in litigation today.
(8.) Patrick Ponticel, NHTSA Seeks Input for Dynamic Rollover Test
Plan, AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING INT'L, July 2001, at 168; see also NHTSA, Rollover Resistance Ratings Information, available at http.www.nhtsa.dot.gov/hot/rollover (last visited Aug.
On August 20, 1973, NHTSA published a final rule amending 301, which eliminated the no-spillage requirement and adopted the static rollover test
for passenger cars, to become effective September 1, 1975, and for multipurpose passenger vehicles, trucks, and buses with GVWR of 10,000 pounds or less, to become effective September 1, 1976.(13) The agency also issued a proposed rule for a dynamic rollover test
and a moving 30 mph rear-end impact test.
Safety credentials are such an important aspect of buying a car here and the XV has received an overall 5-star rating following front, side and rollover tests
. It also ranks, for example, at the top of its class in US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests and was chosen as a Top Safety Pick.
Top Picks must meet Consumer Reports' criteria in three areas: test performance, ranking at or near the top of their class in overall test score; reliability, with an average or better reliability rating based on the problems of subscribers; and safety, performing adequately if included in crash or rollover tests
conducted by the government or insurance industry.
And they must perform well if included in crash or rollover tests
by the government or insurance industry.
According to AFX, while Geely-USA chief operating officer John Harmer did tell a Chinese newspaper that the vehicles failed to pass the tests, Geely chairman Li Shufu clarified that only "rollover tests
" had been performed in the U.S., which the vehicles passed.
The Mazda RX-8 sports car was the only car out of 33 models to get the top safety rating in rollover tests
carried out by the U.S.
"However, the star ratings are misleading," said NHTSA, which resisted conducting rollover tests
until ordered to do so by Congress after a series of Ford Explorer rollovers.
This amount includes funding to support implementation of the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation (TREAD) Act, which will enable NHTSA to aggressively pursue new rulemakings for dynamic rollover tests
In addition, it requires the government to develop rollover tests
for cars and light trucks.
Dynamic Rollover tests
are properly performed by setting the system time on or before 12/31/1999 23:59:59, putting the system to sleep until after rollover has occurred, and then exercising the APIs, which could possibly be impacted by rollover.