IIHS List Highlights Auto Models With Low & High Death Rates
A series of news reports have been indicating that certain auto models have proven to be safer than others, and the reason why may surprise you.
The main report comes from a recent study published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The insurance group used data pertaining to the 2011 and 2012 vehicle models to draw its conclusions. Based on the data brought forward, experts indicated that the overall death rate involving said models have actually fallen by more than a third from the latest study.
Safer Auto Models Save Millions Of Lives
The periodic study carried out by the IIHS indicated that at least nine models of vehicles had zero driver death rates between 2011 and 2012. This places the 2011 and 2012 model years in a list of vehicles with death rates that have fallen by more than a third from the previous study.
The driver death rates of vehicles from the previous study was 48. Recent studies indicated that the driver deaths per million within the 2011 and 2012 car models fell considerably. Their driver death rate is now 28. The official study learned that the Audi A4 4WD has a zero driver death per million. Some of the vehicles sharing Audy A4’s rates include the Honda Odyssey, Kia Sorento 2WD, Lexus RX 350 4WD, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 4WD, Subaru Legacy 4WD, Toyota Highlander hybrid 4WD, Toyota Sequoia 4WD, and the Volvo XC90 4WD.
Despite the fact several models actually registered no deaths involving crashes, the gap between vehicles performing extremely well when it comes to safety and vehicles performing poorly has widened. Safer auto models have been saving millions of lives, but unsafe ones seem to be exposing consumers to more deadly risks as well.
According to experts, the improvement regarding the drop in death rates is directly associated with the increase in the use of safety technologies. Some of the most widely used safety features include the electronic stability control. Other improvements done to the vehicles’ designs have also made them sturdier and more reliable. This detail, experts say, has contributed to the boost in auto safety we are seeing now.
Some of the vehicles that unfortunately haven’t been meeting the same standards as the safest 2011 and 2012 models include the Kia Rio, Nissan Versa sedan, Hyundai Accent 4 and 2-door versions, Chevrolet Aveo 4-door mini and station wagon mini versions, Chevrolet Camaro coupe, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew 4WD, Honda Civic, Nissan Versa hatchback 4-door car small, Ford Focus, Nissan Cube, Chevrolet HHR, Chevrolet Suburban 1500 2WD, Mercury Grand Marquis, Jeep Patriot 2WD, Mazda 6, Dodge Nitro 2WD, and Honda Civic.
Technology that avoids car accidents is now being widely used by automakers who are focused on developing better, safer auto models. While several vehicles still lack some of the most life-saving items available, many newer cars are already being fitted with crash avoidance techs that could soon be part of most mainstream models.
Some experts believe that this study is giving safety experts enough to celebrate. Nevertheless, this is just the beginning of a trend that should help to make more auto models much safer than ever in history.
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