Does ‘Lightweight’ Equal ‘Less Safe’ in Automobile Design?

Fuel efficiency rules in US mandate passenger vehicles to achieve 54.5 mpg average by 2025. Meeting this big challenge requires new technology, including large reductions in vehicle mass. Is a lighter vehicle less safe in crashes? What does it imply for manufacturers and for customers? How important is vehicle’e mass in assessing product liability? Should the vehicle’s mass be considered a factor in investigating accident causation and the injury causation?

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Electric and Hybrid Vehicles – Functional Safety and Crashworthiness Issues

Several cases of fires in EVs have been widely publicized in the media recently. How important are these issues? Is this a case of  newer technologies receiving more intense scrutiny? Crash- and functional safety issues for vehicles with high-voltage batteries are discussed in this article.

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