This morning the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released a new rating system for the strength of roofs for SUV's.
These ratings highlight an area that is critical to whether passengers in an SUV will survive a rollover crash accident.
Given that many people are killed in SUV accidents because they are crushed by the roof or thrown from the vehicle because of weak roofs, stronger roofs could help reduce the number of fatalities.
In the new IIHS test four models were given "good" ratings (VW Tiguan, Subaru Forester, Honda Element, Jeep Patriot) while only two (Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson) were given "poor" ratings.
You can see all the results at www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr032409.html
The value of these ratings can not be over stated.