Governments in Europe and Japan are looking at ways to make cars less dangerous for pedestrians, so walkers hit by vehicles are more likely to survive.
In the U.S., though, automakers are resisting such regulations, arguing that "such changes add cost and alter vehicle appearance in ways consumers might not like -- rounding off hoods and shortening front ends to lessen the danger to the human body," according to the Washington Post (thanks to Timothy Lee for this link as well).
Yes, a sleeker look is apparently worth killing more people.
Outraged? Sadly, in a society where so many people lust after SUVs -- not caring how dangerous those oversized vehicles are to both pedestrians and conventional passenger cars -- it's no wonder that we end up in a place where manufacturers think it's more important for their products to look good than save lives. About 5,000 pedestrians die each year in America after being hit by motorized vehicles.