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Harmonising car safety regulations through EU-US trade deal could lead to more injuries & deaths, says buried industry report

"Car industry 'buried report revealing US car safety flaws over fears for TTIP deal", 23 September 2015

The motor industry has been accused of withholding a report that reveals US cars are substantially less safe than European vehicles - for fear that the findings would hamper the drive to harmonise safety standards as part of the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal...[T]he research actually established that American models are much less safe when it comes to  front-side collisions, a common cause of accidents that often result in serious injuries.The findings were never submitted – or publicly announced – by the industry bodies that funded the study. Safety campaigners have said the research showed that trade negotiators would potentially be putting lives in danger by allowing vehicles approved in the US to be sold in Europe and vice-versa...The industry wanted to use the findings to help TTIP negotiations aimed at harmonising vehicle safety standards on both sides of the Atlantic...The report’s findings, however, pointed to substantial differences in performance. Of particular concern to safety groups is the finding that passengers in a typical EU model are 33 per cent safer in front-side collisions, an accident that often results in serious injury, than those in a typical US model. [Also refers to Chrysler, Land Rover, Toyota, Volkswagen]

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