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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Army's Humvee Prone To Rollovers

An article in the military news, Stars and Stripes, reveals serious design flaws in the Army's Humvee (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle or HMMWV). At least 116 soldiers have died in Humvee rollover incidents since the start of the Iraq War. Another 132 soldiers have been injured from the same design flaw. These numbers can be expected to rise as the Army adds more armor plate to a vehicle designed to have canvas doors. 37 soldiers have already died from rollovers in the new armored Humvees.

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When the Ford Explorer was found to be prone to rollovers Ford was required to recall the vehicle and make repairs. When military deaths are attributed to design flaws in the AM General Humvee no recall is ordered. Of course the manufacturer will say the Army is to blame because they added more armor. Who will resolve the issue that is killing our troops? It is bad enough that they have to contend with roadside bombs (IEDs) but now Humvee rollovers? At least the Army is spending millions to train GI's how to prevent and escape from Humvee rollovers.

It appears the Pentagon has far more important projects to spend taxpayer money on than fixing design flaws in troop transports.

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