The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers is running radio spots in at least 10 states that suggests new regulations will endanger motorists by forcing automakers to produce smaller, more vulnerable cars. But a new report authored by experts from the national laboratories say the issue is a red herring. According to the authors: "The public, automakers, and policymakers have long worried about trade-offs between increased fuel economy in motor vehicles and safety. The conclusion of a broad group of experts is that no trade-off is required."
It's worth remembering that more than 12,000 people died in SUV rollover accidents over a ten-year period in which the industry did little to remedy the issue and instead focused public attention on defective Firestone tires that led to a mere 300 deaths.