These cars are the ones your clients are most likely to die in

New study exports data and shows which cars can be killers

These cars are the ones your clients are most likely to die in

Insurance News

By Allie Sanchez

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently released a report that shows which makes and models of cars are the riskiest in terms of accident fatalities following an extensive study of over 20 vehicles.

According to the report, minicars and small cars pose the highest risk for death during a crash because they do not provide as much protection against impact as larger vehicles do.

Business publication Forbes quoted the report as saying, “These vehicles don’t protect occupants as well as larger ones, so their presence at the top of the ‘worst’ list isn’t surprising.”

IIHS is a non-profit financed by the insurance industry.

The report said that of the 10 vehicles with the highest fatality rates in the report, five are minicars like the Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio and three are small cars.

IIHS reported that the Hyundai Accent registered 104 deaths per million registered vehicle years.

Meanwhile, the report listed 11 vehicles that had zero driver deaths in the pertinent study period from 2012 to 2015. These are the Volkswagen Tiguan; Toyota Tacoma Double Cab; Mazda CX-9; Audi A6; Audi Q7; Jeep Cherokee; Mercedes Benz M-Class; BMW 535 i/is; BMW 535xi; Lexus RX350 ; and the Lexus CT 200.

Furthermore, four door minicars had the highest overall death rates, while four wheel drive large luxury SUVs had the lowest. Midsize and large vehicles had no fatalities.

“Vehicles continue to improve, performing better and better in crash tests. The latest driver death rates show there is a limit to how much these changes can accomplish without other kinds of efforts,” David Zuby, executive vice president and chief research officer at the IIHS told Forbes.

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