Seeking A Safer SUV

Are rollover ratings any help? Is the Explorer improved? A closer look

Can sport-utility vehicles regain their reputation? Last week the struggle was taking place in many forms. Ford Motor Co. settled a high profile, megamillion-dollar lawsuit by Donna Bailey, a single mother of two who was paralyzed when the Explorer she was in rolled over after a tire separation on a dry, uncongested highway in Texas. The next day, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration released "rollover" ratings to help consumers figure out which cars and trucks are more or less prone to do just that. Most cars received top marks on that count--4 or 5 (out of 5) stars. SUVswere...

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