Crash Test Dummies Know Best

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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.

Crash tests ratings save livesDrivers of vehicles with solid crash test ratings are 70 percent less likely to die during an accident than drivers of cars with poor ratings, said the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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.

Source: Bloomberg

Photo of Volvo S60 via MotorTrend

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  1. The crash test results are summarized to consumers using a star rating system the ratings range from from 1 to 5 stars with 5 being the highest and 1 being the lowest.

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