We can also ask this question.
More people have been killed by defective hitches than have ever been killed by TAKATA and their Defective Air Bags.
Under 15 can be proven.....see our numbers.
Ask yourself why? All Trailers And Hitches Are built to a "Voluntary Standard"
Note: The following numbers include all deaths including deaths from accident at the hospital. If a death occurs after 30 days NHTSA does not count you.
Also note that they do not include numbers of deaths on Private Property or deaths caused by unsafe hayrides and parades our research indicates an additional 5,000 or more must be added to these numbers because they do not count a
Passenger Car that is towing a unsafe hayride or parade
A unsafe FARMER who conducts a tractor towing a hayride or parade we do!
In 1971 J. Standard Baker Quoted " Drivers Towing Trailers Are Four (4) Times As Unsafe As Those In Cars Alone!
For immediate release:
Dangerous Trailers October 12, 2017 Announces a 10% increase in deaths by "Passenger Vehicles That Tow Trailers" 1n 2016.
With all things being equal we note:
The data presented in MELANCON_2016.* and MELANCON_STATE_2016.* gives a picture of passenger vehicles with a trailing unit involved in crashes - these trailing units do not include vehicles towing other vehicles. However, We must reiterate that this does not mean that those vehicles or the trailing unit were the cause of the crash. With all things being equal we note:
No National Safety Standard For Trailers
6 States have no safety chain law
All States are not enforcing the Federal Law that all trailers over 3,000 GVWR must have a secondary breaking system.
No National Educational effort to address "How To Tow"
Injury and property-damage-only crash data for 2016 is not available. NHTSA's National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) redesigned the nationally representative sample of police-reported traffic crashes, which estimates the number of police-reported injury and property-damage-only crashes in the US. The new system, called the Crash Report Sampling System (CRSS), replaced the National Automotive Sampling System (NASS) General Estimates System (GES) in 2016. However, the 2016 estimates are not currently available. NHTSA is currently processing the file to ensure the data is accurate and complete and is finalizing the new weighting and calibration procedures to produce national estimates. Once completed, NHTSA will release the data and publish the estimated number of police-reported injury and property-damage-only crashes that occurred during 2016.