Securing America's Future Energy

Briefing Memo: Are fuel economy standards a threat to public safety?

The question of vehicle safety and fuel economy has historically centered upon whether or not making a vehicle lighter (lightweighting) poses a threat to vehicle safety. This SAFE briefing memo outlines the consensus among National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and outside experts that lightweighting, when done properly, poses no overall increased safety risk.

In addition, the memo explains how the emergence of crash-avoidance technologies—such as forward collision warning, lane departure warning and prevention, automated braking and blind spot detection—can further reduce these risks, and strengthen vehicle safety.

To read the full memo, please click here.

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