The wraps will be taken off GM’s brand-new rollover testing facility in Milford today and it’s expected GM will use the occasion to announce that it will make rollover-enabled airbags standard on all retail vehicles by 2012. At the moment, only 43% of light trucks and SUVs have rollover protection, reports Detroit News. The new facility was built at a cost of over $10m and will allow GM to perform 150 rollover tests a year to better understand these types of crashes. The worrying statistic is that rollovers account for just 3% of all crashes, but a massive 25% of traffic deaths. The worst culprits are SUVs with nearly 60% of fatalities as a result of rollovers.
The other part of the safety equation, stability control, was recently mandated to be installed in all new vehicles for the 2012 model year.