A study done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows the riskiest cars with the highest death rates are mostly lower-priced, smaller cars. The chances of losing your life in a car crash in a late-model vehicle have fallen by more than a third in three years, the latest IIHS calculations of driver death rates show. Among 2011 models, a record nine vehicles have driver death rates of zero. See the top five vehicles below. However, the gap between the safest and riskiest models remains wide, and three cars have death rates exceeding 100 per million registered vehicle years.
Below are the top ten models with the most car crash deaths:
Kia Rio, 4-door car
Nissan Versa sedan, 4-door car
Hyundai Accent, 4-door car
Chevrolet Aveo, 4-door car
Hyundai Accent, 2-door car
Chevrolet Camaro coupe, sports car
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew 4WD, pickup
Honda Civic, 2-door car
Nissan Versa hatchback, 4-door car
Ford Focus, 4-door car
It's looking like the safest models were all mid-sized to large vehicles. Nine models with zero deaths were:
Audi A4 four-wheel drive, a midsized luxury car
Honda Odyssey, a minivan
Kia Sorento two-wheel drive, a mid-sized SUV
Lexus RX 350 four-wheel drive, a midsized luxury SUV
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class four-wheel drive, a large luxury SUV
Subaru Legacy four-wheel drive, a 4-door midsized car
Toyota Highlander hybrid, a four-wheel drive midsized SUV
Toyota Sequoia, a four-wheel drive large SUV
Volvo XC90, a four-wheel drive luxury midsized SUV
Among the improvements credited for declining death rates is the widespread adoption of electronic stability control, stronger occupant compartments. Read the full article at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
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