Auto Fuel Economy Standards: Good For The Environment? Or A Cause Of Highway Deaths?

Auto Fuel Economy Standards: Good For The Environment? Or A Cause Of Highway Deaths?

Smith Policy Brief Published By The National Center for Policy Analysis
October 02, 1991

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Executive Summary

The Corporate Average Fuel Economy Program was part of legislation enacted in 1995 to reduce American dependence on foreign oil. Studies show CAFE is responsible for 2200 to 3900 additional deaths per model traffic fleet because it has forced a reduction in vehicle weight, putting smaller, less-safe cars on the road.