This is a bit off the beaten path for 12-volters, but we found it interesting. It turns out that crash test ratings for cars actually do translate into lives saved.
Conversely, drivers of cars with poor side impact crash test ratings– the Hyundai Accent, GM Aveo and Dodge Caliber–are more likely to die in an accident. More than a quarter of the deaths in passenger vehicles in 2009 were from side impact crashes.
“This was our first look at how our ratings correlate with actual crash data since we started side tests in 2003, and the numbers confirm that these are meaningful ratings,” said the group’s chief research officer, David Zuby.
Most vehicles, 78 percent, now have “good” rankings for side impact crashes. The only vehicles to receive “poor” ratings were Hyundai’s Accent, Jeep’s 2-door Wrangler, the Chevy Colorado and the GMC Canyon crew cab. Then another 11 vehicles received “marginal” rankings including the Aveo and Caliber.
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