A new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study cites the benefits of vehicles made from plastics and composites. The American Chemistry Council noted that the study is especially noteworthy as increasing fuel-economy standards become a national priority. "The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 will prompt the most significant changes in vehicle design in the last 30 years," said ACC senior director James Kolb. "Fortunately, the increased use of plastic and composite materials will enable automakers to design new global vehicle architectures that address safety, fuel efficiency, emissions and performance issues while also offering consumers choice and value."

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