U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater today proposed a tougher standard to reduce the chance of post-crash vehicle fires, including a more realistic rear-impact crash test at 50 mph. "A lengthy research program into the causes of post-crash fires has paid off with the facts we needed to set a new, tougher protective standard," Secretary Slater said. "This rulemaking advances safety, which is President Clinton and Vice President Gore's highest transportation priority."