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New Study Shows that Safety Technologies Take Close to 30 Years to Become Standard in Automobiles

Two days ago, we saw in article by Consumer Reports that had the results of a new study about crash safety technologies. According to the report, “the proliferation of safety features typically takes 30 years for the technology to spread to most vehicles. “Some of the technologies that were considered in the study included air bags, antilock brake systems, forward collision warning, and electronic stability control. The researchers analyzed when the technology was created, and how long it took that technology to become standard in all vehicles. Government requirements, such as the air bag requirement, which was initiated in 1999, have helped to speed up some of these standardizations, but others such as antilock brakes, have yet to be seen in the majority of vehicles that are being produced today.

In past years, some of these technologies have only been accessible to people who can afford luxury vehicles, as an Illinois auto accident lawyer at our firm pointed out. But recently, some American manufactures have been adding these features, like forward collision warning, to non-luxury vehicles that are more affordable. Another factor that plays a role in the amount of cars with these new technologies on the road is the fact that people today are buying new cars less frequently. Because of increases in the price of gas, and the current economic state, buying a new car isn’t affordable for many people. Holding onto current cars longer results in the technology not getting on the road as fast.

At our firm, a Chicago car accident attorney would agree that the government needs to mandate safety-features in all automobiles, so that automobile manufacturers will help to continue to increase protection and safety for drivers and passengers. The article even went so far as to say that safety is the number one issue people look at when deciding what kind of vehicle to buy.

Our Chicago accident lawyers encourage the production and creation of new safety features, because they could be life saving. Some frivolous features are unnecessary, we agree, however features like head-protecting curtain air bags should be mandatory in cars. Other features, such as forward collision warning or even ones that wake up drowsy drivers, that could help prevent accidents should also be mandatory. We hope that in years to come we will see these changes made.