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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-80-008
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Synopsis: ON APRIL 23, 1979, A COMPACT FORD COURIER PICKUP TRUCK WITH 12 TEENAGED OCCUPANTS WAS TRAVELING BETWEEN 64 AND 78 MPH ALONG A WINDING COUNTRY ROAD NEAR CROFTON, MARYLAND, WHEN THE DRIVER FAILED TO NEGOTIATE A CURVE TO THE LEFT. THE TRUCK RAN OFF THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD, STRUCK THREE TREES LOCATED ABOUT 7 FEET FROM THE EDGE OF THE PAVEMENT, AND DEFLECTED ONTO THE PAVEMENT IN AN OVERTURNED POSITION. TEN PASSENGERS WERE KILLED, AND ONE PASSENGER WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED; THE DRIVER WAS INJURED SLIGHTLY.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: REQUIRE VEHICLE MANUFACTURERS TO INCLUDE APPROPRIATE DISCLOSURE INFORMATION OR A DISCLAIMER IN ALL CONSUMER ADVERTISING THAT MENTIONS OR DEPICTS ACCESSORY ITEMS SIMILAR IN APPEARANCE TO ROLL BARS (KNOWN POPULARLY AS "GT BARS") WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN DESIGNED AS, TESTED AS, OR DEMONSTRATED TO BE SAFETY FEATURES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action
Mode: Highway
Location: Crofton, MD, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 79744
Accident Reports: Ford Courier Pickup Truck Fixed Object Collision Patuxent Road
Report #: HAR-79-06
Accident Date: 4/23/1979
Issue Date: 1/25/1980
Date Closed: 7/25/1988
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Federal Trade Commission (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Federal Trade Commission
Date: 7/25/1988
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Federal Trade Commission
Date: 5/20/1987
Response: