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Trump is Misleading Consumers: Reducing Weight and Improving MPGs Does Not Degrade Safety

Friday, November 30, 2018  
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In response to the administration’s proposal to roll back money-saving fuel efficiency standards, the Consumer Federation of America is releasing a new analysis of government crash tests showing that today’s tougher, lighter-weight, more fuel-efficient vehicles are also safer.

“Our government’s crash tests provide unequivocal evidence that mileage has improved along with safety,” said CFA Executive Director Jack Gillis. “For the Trump Administration to base any part of the fuel economy rollback on safety concerns is flat-out wrong and completely ignores the facts that they, themselves, have produced.”

“It is profoundly disturbing that our own government has spent millions of taxpayer dollars on crash tests and monitoring safety features showing that better fuel efficiency has zero impact on safety, only to have the Trump Administration ignore its own data and try to use ‘safety’ to justify a rollback of standards that will save Americans millions of dollars at the gas pump,” said Gillis.

Reducing Weight and Improving MPGs Does Not Degrade Safety:

  • The Ford F-150 decreased its weight by 12.3%, increased its fuel economy by almost 6%, and the government IMPROVED its crash test rating from 4 to 5 stars.
  • The Mazda CX-9 decreased its weight by 6%, increased its fuel economy by over 21%, and the government IMPROVED its crash test rating from 4 to 5 stars.
  • The Audi Q5 decreased its weight, increased its fuel economy by almost 14%, and the government IMPROVED its crash test rating from 4 to 5 stars.
  • The Lincoln Navigator decreased its weight, increased its fuel economy by over 26%, and the government IMPROVED its crash test rating from 4 to 5 stars.

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