Group: Small, low-speed cars not safe on roads

May 20, 2010

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says 31 mile-an-hour crash tests on earth-friendly electric cars like the Gem can cause severe or fatal injuries.

Many states allow low-speed vehicles to travel on public roads that have speed limits of up to 35 miles-an-hour.

The institute says the vehicles should be used in closed communities and not on public roads and there should be more safety oversight.

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