Academic journal article et Cetera

High and Mighty: SUV's - the World's Most Dangerous Vehicles and How They Got That Way

Academic journal article et Cetera

High and Mighty: SUV's - the World's Most Dangerous Vehicles and How They Got That Way

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Keith Bradsher. High and Mighty: SUV's - The World's Most Dangerous Vehicles and How They Got That Way, New York: Public Affairs, 2002.

In High and Mighty, Keith Bradsher, the longtime Detroit bureau chief of The New York Times, discusses the dangers that SUVs pose to their drivers and passengers, as well other drivers and pedestrians who must share the road with them. He examines the vehicles' history, explaining how the automobile industry lobbied Congress to classify them not as passenger cars but as light trucks, which are subject to less stringent regulations on safety, gas mileage, and smog.

Bradsher says the automakers' own market research has inspired the creation of ever taller and more menacing vehicles, to appeal to upscale drivers eager to wall themselves off from real or perceived threats. He asserts that insurers have been gouging car owners to subsidize SUV owners, and also warns of many more deaths when the first wave of SUVs starts to wear out and begins falling into the hands of younger, less experienced, and less disciplined drivers. …

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