According to some critics of the new fuel economy standards, the number of accidents in the U.S. could increase if the government implements a change in the fuel emission standards.
Critics believe that what happened in the 1970s should serve as an example since vehicles made after the increase in fuel efficiency requirements forced automakers to produce lighter and less safe cars to meet the demand of the government.
Statistics show that between 1976 and 200, 46,000 Americans have lost their lives in auto accidents that may have not been fatal due to how their vehicles are structured.
Safety advocates, however, hope that automakers are working along engineers to develop more economic and safer vehicles.
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