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The Jeep Wrangler is not a Sport Utility Vehicle

When I envision what it would be like to drive a convertible, I see myself driving down a long strip of paved road, with the top down and the wind blowing through my hair. And if I were to put myself in the driver seat of a Jeep Wrangler, I envision myself slowly climbing up precarious terrain in a rugged, all-wheel-drive off-road machine. But in the eyes of the Federal Government, Jeep decided to classify the wrangler as a convertible. This fundamental error has earned the Jeep Wrangler as having the most lethal roll-over incidents than any other vehicle sold in America, and they made a lot of money doing it. Our system of defining different car classes allows manufacturers to design vehicles to be safe for the purposes they are expected to perform in. A Semi-Truck has a purpose that is different than a sedan, just as an ATV has a different purpose than a SUV, as a convertible has a purpose just as unique as the rest of the car classes. Each class of vehicle has its own set of rules of design that makes the vehicle ‘safe’ for its intended purpose. This system has worked for years,

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The Jeep Wrangler is not a Sport Utility Vehicle

When I envision what it would be like to drive a convertible, I see myself driving down a long strip of paved road, with the top down and the wind blowing through my hair. And if I were to put myself in the driver seat of a Jeep Wrangler, I envision myself slowly climbing up precarious terrain in a rugged, all-wheel-drive off-road machine. But in the eyes of the Federal Government, Jeep decided to classify the wrangler as a convertible. This fundamental error has earned the Jeep Wrangler as having the most lethal roll-over incidents than any other vehicle sold in America, and they made a lot of money doing it. Our system of defining different car classes allows manufacturers to design vehicles to be safe for the purposes they are expected to perform in. A Semi-Truck has a purpose that is different than a sedan, just as an ATV has a different purpose than a SUV, as a convertible has a purpose just as unique as the rest of the car classes. Each class of vehicle has its own set of rules of design that makes the vehicle ‘safe’ for its intended purpose. This system has worked for years,

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