Rollover the Hidden History of Research Proposal

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It will be recorded as the time the auto industry ducked its responsibility and missed a unique opportunity." (2002)

The ABC Primetime report entitled: "Technology to Prevent SUV Rollovers" reports that is a new device that is purported to have the capacity to prevent SUV rollovers. This report states specifically that in a rollover "there are so many ways to die. Ejections, getting runover by the vehicle when it's rolling, hitting the pavement, inside the car people hitting each other, people being on the roof when the roof hits...'" (ABC Primetime News, 2009) The new device is an electronic stability system which works through controlling circumstances when the vehicle is traveling too fast in a curve and implements according to O'Neill of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety at the time the rear of the vehicle begins to slide out. (ABC News Primetime, 2009) These electronic stability systems are stated to be available only in a few SUVs such as the luxury models "Mercedes, Lexus, BMW, Cadillac and a few top-of-the-line Toyotas." (ABC News Primetime, 2009)


The demand for safety mechanisms in vehicles and other items just as any other demand driven innovations begins oftentimes small with smaller players giving attention to the problem and as the demand grows larger institutional investors become involved. Goleman (2009) states in the work entitled: "Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything" that the power of collective action "to create market pressure that encourages suppliers to upgrade materials has been widely acknowledged.. " Whether it is the ecological, environmental or safety concerns that have gained the widespread knowledge and focus of collective action, the truth is that the product manufacturer has all to lose and much to gain in adhering to the desires of the consumer public. The automaker industry's bailout that was funded earlier this year is one outcome of the industry ignoring the consumer desire for better fuel-efficiency and improved roadway safety and it is quite apparent that America no longer cares at the grassroots level to spend the lives of young men needlessly on foreign soil in pursuit of oil for gas guzzling automobiles that ramble dangerously up and down the highways in American killing thousands annually and needlessly due to rollover accidents. It is certain that American ingenuity will arise with new creations and advanced development when the mainstream producers fail to extend themselves toward better and safer products. It is just as certain that the collective consciousness and collective action of American individuals when turned against producers quality and safety measures have the power to economically impact these large producers and through that impact bring about the necessary and needed changes through the mechanisms of government, legislation, and the pure power of consumer demand. This highlights the necessity for transparency and for delivery and dissemination of information concerning products offered to consumers.


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