Fearing Blow to Corporate Trade Deal, Auto Industry Buried Car Safety Report

by Deirdre Fulton – Observers have pointed out that ‘cars form a big part of the EU’s case for TTIP’ For fear of sabotaging the corporate-friendly TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the U.S. and European Union, the car industry buried a report showing major discrepancies between the safety records of U.S. and EU vehicles, according to exclusive reporting in The Independent on Wednesday. Citing a leaked version of the analysis (pdf), which has since been “quietly posted on the University of Michigan’s website,” reporter Paul Gallagher wrote: The major study was commissioned by the car industry to show that existing EU and U.S. safety standards were broadly similar. But the 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...

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