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NTSB Recommends Anti-Rollover Retrofits for Tanker Trucks

9/2/2011 12:30:00 PM
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The National Transportation Safety Board is urging regulators to require rollover-prevention technology on fuel-tanker trucks, following its probe of a 2009 crash in Indianapolis, Bloomberg reported Friday.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration should mandate anti-rollover retrofits for cargo tank trailers that weigh more than 10,000 pounds, NTSB said in recommendations sent to the FMCSA Friday, Bloomberg said.

Tankers carrying hazardous materials may be top-heavy and vulnerable to minor steering errors, the board said in its report, Bloomberg reported.

NTSB, an independent government agency that cannot implement changes, completed its investigation of the Indianapolis crash in July, concluding that a rollover that released 9,001 gallons of liquefied petroleum gas could have been prevented with stability control.

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