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According to Pacific Gas & Electric Ė ďNGV's (Natural Gas Vehicles) are as safe, or safer than any gasoline-powered vehicle. There are over one million NGV's in use around the world, and without one fatality attributable to natural gas, itís safety record is unblemished.

Natural gas does not cause cancer and itís non-toxic to breathe and to touch. In addition, natural gas will not pollute surface or ground water like petroleum fuels can.
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Natural gas vehicles are very safe.   Not only do they have all the same standard safety equipment as conventional cars (passive restraints, air bags, head restraints and anti-lock brakes), but they are subjected to the same crash safety tests as well.
 
Because compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel systems operate at pressures in excess of 3000 PSI, the fuel tank and associated plumbing have to be strong enough to contain that pressure. The on-board tanks are made of steel up to one half-inch thick and often wrapped in protective reinforced fiberglass sheathing. Plus, newer tanks are constructed of polymers and composites that are even stronger than steel.
 
Compare this with standard gasoline and diesel tanks in regular vehicles.

These tanks are usually made from stamped steel shell halves, just a few sixteenths of an inch thick, that are welded or crimped together. In the event of a traffic accident, the ability of rugged, durable CNG tanks to withstand rupture or puncture certainly exceeds that of simple stamped steel.

We put our money where our mouth is.  The majority of our staff drive Natural Gas Vehicles for their personal use - and the ones that don't (yet) - are simply waiting to convert theirs!