The good news is thanks to the use of advanced high-strength steels vehicles are safer than ever in severe crashes. Last year, the traffic fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled fell to 1.16, an all-time low according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Admin. A good deal of credit goes to the steel safety cages that are being built into today’s vehicles. The bad news is that in the worst crashes these same ultra-strong steels can make it difficult to extricate ...

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