Activist named Consumer Advocate of the Year

Del Mar resident Paula Lawlor has been working for 10 years to change government standards on vehicle roof strength and on Jan. 29, Lawlor, the founder of the nonprofit People Safe In Rollovers, will be recognized by the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego as Consumer Advocate of the Year.

The former legal assistant was called “The Erin Brockovich of vehicle-roof safety” by Automotive News and is now a self-made roof crush consultant to attorneys across the country, working on trials against Ford, GM and DaimlerChrystler.

In July 2007, People Safe In Rollovers sponsored the first Emergency World Summit on Roof Crush in Washington, D.C., with the purpose of getting the attention of Congress and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Lawlor said the organization was successful in getting a Senate Oversight Hearing on the issue in June 2008. The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation is expected to announce the final roof strength rule April 30.

In December, Lawlor was interviewed by Good Morning America at her home in Del Mar. That interview will likely be broadcast when the final rule is announced, Lawlor said.
Lawlor is being honored at the annual awards and installation dinner for Consumer Attorneys on Jan. 29 at the U.S. Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego.

For more information about People Safe In Rollovers, visit

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