Thursday, June 9, 2011

High/Low Car Crash Death Rates

Drivers of Nissan Motor Co.’s 350Z sports car and Titan pickup, and General Motors' Chevrolet Aveo mini and compact Cobalt are more likely to die in accidents than those of other vehicles, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Vehicles with the lowest death rates include the Audi A6 and the Mercedes Benz E-Class, both luxury cars; Toyota Motor Corp. (7203)’s Sienna minivan; Ford Motor Co. (F)’s Edge SUV; Nissan’s Armada SUV; and Jaguar Land Rover’s Range Rover Sport, Rover LR3 SUVs and the Lexus GX 470 SUV.

Of the 26 top-rated cars and trucks, all but one had electronic stability control.  None of the 26 most dangerous vehicles had standard electronic stability control, which can automatically apply brakes or reduce throttle speed when drivers over- or under-steer.
 Drivers of sport-utility vehicles, who used to be the most likely to die in crashes because of rollovers, are now among those with the highest probability of survival.

(Via Bloomberg)

1 comment:

  1. This likely has a lot to do with the types of people who drive these cars. How many normal, responsible adults actually drive a 350Z? Hulk Hogan's son? Oh, wait...