Driver death rates on the rise despite better vehicle designs, safety tech

Automobiles all round had the optimum dying level of the main classes, at forty eight. They had been followed by pickups (29), SUVs (twenty five) and minivans (22).

The level for little cars was 61.

“Smaller sized vehicles offer a lot less defense for the driver in crashes, and their lighter mass suggests that they get the brunt of collisions with much larger vehicles,” said Joe Nolan, senior vice president of automobile analysis at the institute, a nonprofit group funded by auto insurance organizations.

Damaged down into subcategories, four-doorway minicars (108), huge two-doorway cars (sixty seven), mini station wagons (sixty five) and little four-doorway cars (sixty two) had the optimum rates. The least expensive rates had been between midsize station wagons (four), huge four-wheel-generate luxury SUVs (five), pretty huge four wheel drive SUVs (7) and midsize four wheel drive luxury SUVs (nine).

Tiny cars — e.g., the Kia Rio, Hyundai

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