More 4WD rollover fatalities.

AN eight-year-old boy and a 46-year-old woman are dead after a 4WD crash in Tasmania’s north-east. The woman driver and the boy are believed to be related.

Whilst attempting to overtake another vehicle on a straight section of road, the Toyota Rav4 4WD’s tyres went into gravel on the right-hand side of the road. The RAV 4 swerved back onto the left-hand side before rolling several times.

The boy was thrown from the vehicle.

Once again, a classic “Moose Test” 4WD accident scenario – when a 4WD swerves one way and then the other, the chances are very high that it will roll.

Most of the deaths in 4WD’s this Christmas have been caused by this.

Interesting links:

Rollover – The Hidden History of the SUV

NHTSA Rollover Page

The SUV Info Link

Rollover Lawyer site with interesting info

The Physics of SUV Rollover Accidents

Consumers Union SUV Rollover campaign

Another Rollover Lawyer site with useful information and Links

Smartcar Guide, diatribe on SUV’s and Keith Bradsher’s controversial book, High and Mighty: SUV’s – the World’s Most Dangerous Vehicles and How They Got That Way

The Center for Auto Safety – SUV page

US Insurance Institue for Highway Safety (IIHS): Crash Testing & Highway Safety

noSUV.org has excellent list of links

it also sports a great set of stories published in Newspapers

Like this one from which I take an excerpt:

“..the Australian Transport Safety Bureau informs that roll-overs account for one in three fatal SUV crashes, compared to one in eight for passenger cars. And figures just out from Monash University’s Accident Research Centre highlight that the driver of a rolled SUV is almost 50 per cent more likely to be seriously injured than had he rolled a wagon or a sports car or even a small hatchback.

A few days later, in a vast car auction yard in Melbourne’s industrial west, crash analyst Shane Richardson guides me through a sea of vehicles written off by insurers. One section is devoted to SUVs, and, unlike the other cars, most have crumpled roofs.

“If you’re in a car and you get yourself in an awkward position and you give yourself a fistful of steering wheel, your car’s going to spin round and slide sideways,” explains Richardson. “If you do that in your 4WD, it’s very likely you’ll end up on your roof.”

Richardson, a former army engineer completing a PhD in roll-over protection systems, pokes his head through the shattered driver’s window of a LandCruiser to inspect bloodstains on the twisted sunvisor. “This driver wouldn’t be too flash,” he says, bumping his head on the inverted ceiling. “A seatbelt is designed for a frontal collision. In a roll-over you are thrown into the roof as the roof collapses, so you get a diving type of injury to your head or spine, like quadriplegia, from a relatively minor impact. That’s if it doesn’t kill you.””

Full Story: http://drive.com.au/editorial/article.aspx?id=8730&vf=3&bg=5&pp=2

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