GM promises the Hummer “will meet or exceed all applicable federal safety standards.” Others are not so sure.
“The amount of horsepower that this vehicle will reportedly have is certainly a concern given the relationship between horsepower and speeding,” said the director of media relations, Joseph Young, at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Again, the combination of high horsepower and weight continues to draw the same concerns.
“What happens when something goes wrong in a vehicle that weighs 9,000 pounds and has that kind of acceleration capability,” Sean Kane, president of Safety Research & Strategies wonders. That’s an awful lot of power and an awful lot of mass to be under control. My suspicion is that most drivers are going to have some challenges with it. Just because we can, it doesn’t mean we should.”