Safer Cars Can Threaten First Responders

Car makers have a dilemma on their hands.  Customers demand fuel efficient cars without sacrificing safety in the event of an accident.  However, these new technologies can be extremely hazardous to first responders, ironically making it tougher to extract victims from car wrecks during the critical ‘golden hour’ after an accident that can decide life or death.  When cars are made with higher strength steel, it translates into a tougher nut to crack for first responders.  Hybrids are great for the environment, but having an electrical power plant in your car means more wires and more danger of electrocution.  These cars are designed with consumer comfort and safety in mind, but could they end up creating more danger?