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Old 27th February 2018, 15:27   #1
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Default Rollover accident: Sunroof ejection risks

Had never thought about it but the following article details the risk of occupants being ejected from a vehicle rolling over because the sunroof panel had popped out.

I feel it is especially relevant on our Indian highways with rollover crashes being very common for a variety of reasons, not least being the the antipathy towards seat-belts! Especially mentions the trend towards bigger and bigger 'panoramic sunroofs' which is now the latest must-have fad.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/22/b...av=bottom-well

Have attached a PDF (public domain) as well for convenience.
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Had never thought about it but the following article details the risk of occupants being ejected from a vehicle rolling over because the sunroof panel had popped out.
Related thread (Hyundai Mobis develops world’s first sunroof airbag system).

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I feel it is especially relevant on our Indian highways with rollover crashes being very common for a variety of reasons, not least being the the antipathy towards seat-belts!
Just like with people tucking in seatbelt's to get rid of the alarm but not actually wearing them, no amount of safety tech can replace the unsafe passenger in the car. While ejection from a sunroof incase of a roll-over crash is a very scary situation, I'm pretty sure wearing a seatbelt will be the solution. Despite the proven fact that seatbelt's save lives, very few actually wear them. They give lame excuses and expect their faith, nimbu-mirchi or plain good luck to keep them safe.

Most of the documented fatal accidents involving roll-over and sun/moonroofs had an important reason - lack of seatbelt usage.
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Default re: Rollover accident: Sunroof ejection risks

If seat belts are not worn, the risk of getting thrown out of a sun roof is the same as the risk of getting thrown out of any of the windows, in my opinion.

So if seat belts are not worn, its just plain luck if there is a roll over and you survive.
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Default Re: Rollover accident: Sunroof ejection risks

If you aren't wearing your seatbelt, being thrown out of the sunroof should be the least of your worries. Forget a rollover, slamming your head into the steering or dashboard at 60 kmph will kill / injure you severely.

Even if you aren't thrown out of the sunroof, hitting that thick glass panel with your head will crack your head open or send you in a coma.
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If seat belts are not worn, the risk of getting thrown out of a sun roof is the same as the risk of getting thrown out of any of the windows, in my opinion.

So if seat belts are not worn, its just plain luck if there is a roll over and you survive.
Well said; a windows is as risky (or safe) as the sun roof. Seat belt is there for a reason - use it. And if you are not using seat belt, getting thrown out is just one of the fatal risks that should be worried about.
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We do have a peculiar situation, where the trend of wearing seat belt may have increased but only by the front seat passengers. Most of the times, the passengers in the back seat are still not wearing seat belts.
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Default Re: Rollover accident: Sunroof ejection risks

In India, people are hardly educated about road safety. The same shows up in how serious people are in wearing seat belts. That is the most fundamental safety feature which shouldn't be ignored. When this is hardly taken seriously, the same bunch of people will not even think of the possibility of being ejected from the window or sun roof.

But hey, why even talk about ejection? People fancy letting their kids halfway out of the sunroof while they drive. Not only kids, even some adults like to be paraded with an open sunroof. They are just making this case easier. A hard turn and we will have a human body flying out of the car and ending up in a bad state.
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