Most modern passenger vehicles are much safer than their predecessors. Despite their design improvements 2.6 million people were injured and 37,461 lives were lost on U.S. roads in 2016—an average of 7,100 injured and 102 killed each day.
There are two agencies in the United States that perform crash testing in their labs using dummies to rate vehicle safety---so you can learn the risks before trusting a vehicle with your life. These tests reveal significant differences in crashworthiness among some vehicles and also differences in test results between the two agencies.
In addition to crashworthiness the size and weight of your vehicle compared with others on the road is a critical factor determining your safety. Small or light-weight vehicles may perform well in crash tests, however, vehicle compatibility is independent of crash ratings and must be considered separately. Fatality data correlations show that small and light-weight vehicles can result in 4 times higher driver fatality rates than larger passenger vehicles in multi-vehicle crashes.
So, how do you identify the safest vehicles?
STEP 1: Start with vehicles rated 5-stars overall by NHTSA then eliminate those rated less than 5-stars in any individual crash test or less than 4-stars in static rollover.
STEP 2: Next, identify vehicles rated Top Safety Pick by IIHS and eliminate those rated below "Superior" for frontal crash prevention system.
STEP 3: The vehicles appearing on both lists from steps 1 and step 2 are the most crashworthy.
STEP 4: From this list of most crashworthy vehicles eliminate those of a class/weight known to result in driver fatality rates in multi-vehicle crashes that are greater than average..
Only one percent of vehicles remain after filtering out those that do not satisfy these criteria and are listed on this website.
I created this website to help consumers easily identify the safest vehicles.
by Mike Dulberger, Founder, InformedForLife.org
Every effort has been made to be accurate and objective, however all information
is subject to errors and omissions.
For Life is a Connecticut nonprofit organization
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