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Progress Reducing Auto Fatalities

SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE TO REDUCE FATALITIES AND INJURIES FROM MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES, BUT CHALLENGES REMAIN

Over the past 20 years, significant progress has been made in reducing the traffic fatality rate. In 1981, the number of fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled stood at 3.17. By 2002, this rate had been driven down by 52 percent to 1.51 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. The level of competitiveness among automakers, which key industry observers have described as "brutal," has helped to accelerate the introduction of safety features ahead of regulation further aiding in the progress made.

Product safety is now an area in which manufacturers compete and seek competitive advantage. Safety "sells" and manufacturers are leveraging their safety performance and contenting in efforts to distinguish their products from competitors. According to the J. D. Power and Associates 2002 U.S. Automotive Emerging Technologies study, nine of the top 10 features most desired by consumers in their next new vehicle are designed to enhance vehicle or occupant safety and manufacturers are responding to this increased consumer demand for safety across their entire product line.

Despite the progress made, however, data show that 42,815 people lost their lives on U.S. highways in 2002 and almost 3 million were injured. Tragically, 59 percent of vehicle occupants killed in crashes were not restrained by safety belts or child safety seats. Alcohol-related fatalities increased for the third consecutive year and were a factor in 42 percent of all fatalities. This is unacceptable. As a nation, we simply must do better.



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