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Designers work on pedestrian-safe autos

I witnessed a car/pedestrian accident many years ago, a 10-year-old child vs. a small hatchback. No serious injuries, mainly a good scare, but the sound of the boy bouncing headlong off the hood of that car, and then the sound of him hitting the pavement 25 feet away... still clear in my mind.

Better cars to get hit by
New regulations require carmakers to think about protecting people their cars run over.

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - As you step off the sidewalk, chatting on your cell phone, you look to your left and notice a new Mazda RX-8 speeding towards you.

The new Mazda has a 1.3 liter rotary engine that produces 238 horsepower and has no cylinders. But the thing that really concerns you is the car's hood. Because your head is about to slam into it.

Carmakers are thinking a lot about this sort of scenario because of new European safety rules. On Monday, regulators there signed into law a series of measures designed to help protect those who are hit by cars. Under these new rules, which codify an existing voluntary agreement with carmakers, cars sold in Europe will be tested and rated in special pedestrian crash tests.

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