The ongoing Ford Motor Co. and Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. tire recall has a newly empowered National Highway Traffic Safety Admin. (NHTSA) poised to issue an all-new light vehicle rollover “rating” similar to its well-known “star” system for rating crash worthiness. To determine a vehicle's propensity to roll, the agency promoted a NHTSA-developed mathematical formula known as “Static Stability Factor (SSF)” (see WEVTU - Oct. 1, '00, p.1). The agency has for decades collected the data used ...

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