Major automakers have decided to stop joint efforts to create a federal rule that would reduce risks in truck-car collisions, even though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had asked them to. The vice president of safety at the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers said the efforts thus far hadn't produced any test that could create "the same or better" results than the method they use voluntarily. "This is a very significant safety issue and is likely to gain in significance as you see more smaller, fuel-efficient vehicles on the road with the larger SUVs," said agency chief Nicole Nason, adding that NHTSA would continue its own safety tests.

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