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Deadliest Car in America: Hyundai Accent

Ctrl-300x200There are many measures to determine car safety, and one is to examine driver death rates per vehicle. Data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released in May identified the most dangerous cars on the road based on this measure.

Most of the models that have the highest driver fatality rates are small cars with structures that are less able to absorb the brunt of crashes. All of the cars with the lowest driver death rates were either large luxury cars or SUVs.

According to IIHS, 4-door minicars have the worst death rate at 87 per 1 million registered vehicles, while 4-wheel drive large luxury SUVs have the lowest with six driver deaths per 1 million registered vehicles.

The data come from IIHS, a nonprofit research organization funded by auto insurers. The IIHS measured over 200 vehicles – 2014 models or equivalent – between 2012 and 2015. Only vehicles with at least 100,000 registered vehicles between 2012-2015 were considered.

5. Nissan Versa

Fatalities per million registered vehicles: 95
Parent company: Nissan Group
Type: Mini four-door car
U.S. sales YTD: 39,397

 

4. Chevrolet Spark

Fatalities per million registered vehicles: 96
Parent company: General Motors Co.
Type: Mini four-door car
U.S. sales YTD: 8,840

 

3. Scion tC

Fatalities per million registered vehicles: 101
Parent company: Toyota Motor Corporation
Type: Small two-door car
U.S. sales YTD: 156

 

2. Kia Rio

Fatalities per million registered vehicles: 102
Parent company: Hyundai Motor Group
Type: Mini four-door car
U.S. sales YTD: 4,535

 

1. Hyundai Accent (sedan)

Fatalities per million registered vehicles: 104
Parent company: Hyundai Motor Group
Type: Mini four-door car
U.S. sales YTD: 14,763

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