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DEATH STATISTICS

& YOUR VEHICLE

    
The Insurance Institute for Highway safety released their annual report on vehicle death and injuries for over 200 different 2001-2004 model year vehicles. The period of accidents covered was 2002-2005. Driver death rates averaged 79 per million registered vehicles.

The TOP TEN lowest and highest rates  of driver death per the report were:

 

LOWEST RATES OF DRIVER DEATHS

CHEVROLET ASTRO    Minivan

INFINITI G35             Luxury Car

BMW 7 SERIES            Luxury car

TOYOTA 4RUNNER      4wd SUV

AUDI A4/S4 QUATTRO 4 dr car

MERCEDES E CLASS   4wd SUV

TOYOTA HIGHLANDER 4wd SUV

MERCEDES M CLASS     4wd SUV

TOYOTA SIENNA        Minivan

HONDA ODYESSY      Minivan

 

HIGHEST RATES OF DRIVE DEATHS

CHEVROLET BLAZER   2 DR

ACURA RSX   2 DR

NISSAN 350Z

KIA SPECTRA HATCHBACK 2 DR

PONTIAC SUNFIRE    2 DR

KIA RIO  4DR

CHEVROLET CAVALIER 2 DR

MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE  2 DR

DODGE NEON  4 DR

PONTIAC GRAND AM 2 DR

 

 Bigger vehicles generally have a lower death rate as shown by the full report. Check out your vehicle at http://www.iihs.org/sr/pdfs/sr4204.pdf

A conversation with a Yavapai County Sheriff officer summed it up, when he stated "big vehicles win". His family drives a Suburban.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

TOP SAFETY PICK 2007 Award Winners

Top Safety Pick 2007 award

Large car

Audi A6

Midsize cars

Audi A4

Saab 9-3

Subaru Legacy
with optional electronic stability control

Minivans

Hyundai Entourage

Kia Sedona

Midsize SUVs

Acura RDX

Ford Edge

Honda Pilot

Lincoln MKX

Mercedes M class

Subaru B9 Tribeca

Volvo XC90

Small SUVs

Honda CR-V

Subaru Forester
with optional electronic stability control

 

Top Safety Pick 2007 criteria

The Institute rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests plus evaluations of seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts. The first requirement for a vehicle to become a Top Safety Pick is to earn good ratings in all three Institute tests. A new requirement for 2007 is that the winning vehicles must offer electronic stability control. This addition is based on Institute research indicating that ESC significantly reduces crash risk, especially the risk of fatal single vehicle crashes, by helping drivers maintain control of their vehicles during emergency maneuvers.

SOURCE : INSTITUTE FOR HIGHWAY SAFETY http://www.iihs.org. 

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