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IIHS Lists Vehicles with Lowest, Highest Rates of Driver Deaths

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/31/2015 Kelly Pleskot

Overall driver fatalities have gone down significantly in just the last few years. Not only that, but in 2012, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recorded zero driver deaths among nine vehicles registered for the 2011 model year.

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Larger vehicles dominate the list of models with a death rate of zero. These vehicles include the Audi A4 4WD, 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 Volvo XC90 4WD. Overall, SUVs tend to have the lowest driver death rate of any vehicle type, thanks to the spread of electronic stability control that dramatically decreased the risk of rollovers. Other vehicles that often make the list include midsize station wagons as well as midsize and very large luxury cars.

IIHS Lists Vehicles with Lowest, Highest Rates of Driver Deaths

Just eight years ago, no vehicle boasted a driver death rate of zero, showing just how much progress has been made in the realm of vehicle safety. It shows that once far-fetched plans from governments and automakers to completely eliminate traffic deaths in the future may have potential. New York City recently created its Vision Zero goal, similar to the one Sweden created in 1997, envisioning the end of traffic deaths by 2024. A few years back, Volvo declared it would work to eliminate all deaths and injuries in its vehicles by 2020. But despite the gains, a huge gap remains between the safest cars on the road and most dangerous ones.

Vehicles with the highest rates of driver deaths include a slew of minicars. The Kia Rio came in with the highest number at 149 driver deaths per million registered vehicle years, followed not far behind by the Nissan Versa sedan at 130 deaths per million. Rounding out the top 10 list are the Hyundai Accent 4-door, Chevrolet Aveo, Hyundai Accent 2-door, Chevrolet Camaro coupe, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew 4WD, Honda Civic, Nissan Versa hatch, and Ford Focus. One thing to note about the data is that it only includes driver deaths, as the presence of passengers is often unknown. 2012-kia-rio-sedan-front-side-view© Provided by MotorTrend 2012-kia-rio-sedan-front-side-view

See the full study and list of vehicles with the highest and lowest death rates here.

Source: IIHS

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