Most modern passenger vehicles are much safer than their predecessors. Despite their design improvements, however, 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 test vehicles in their labs---before you and your family take their place! These tests reveal significant differences in crashworthiness among some vehicles and also differences in test results between the two agencies.
There are also significant differences in fatality rates among vehicles based on class and weight. However, compatibility is not included in the safety ratings published by these agencies and must be considered separately by using actual fatality data correlations. .
So, how do you select the safest vehicles?
STEP 1: From those vehicles rated 5-stars overall by NHTSA eliminate any that were rated less than 5-stars in any individual crash test or less than 4-stars in static rollover.
STEP 2: From those vehicles rated Top Safety Pick by IIHS eliminate any rated less than 5 points for frontal crash prevention system.
STEP 3: Those vehicles appearing on both lists from step 1 and step 2 are the most crashworthy vehicles. Although NHTSA and IIHS rated these vehicles in the top quartile in all crash categories their size and weight have not yet been considered.
STEP 4: The compatibility of the vehicle with the others on the road must be evaluated. From the combined list created in step 3 eliminate those vehicles of a class/weight that have historically demonstrated a driver fatality rate in multi-vehicle crashes that is greater than the average rate.
I created this website to enable consumers to 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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