Electronic Stability Control greatly reduces fatal accidents in SUVs

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) just reported that Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) have improved their safety ratings from having some of the most dangerous vehicle out there to having lower driver death rates in motor vehicle accidents than most other vehicles. (Read the full report here.)

SUV manufacturers have made huge improvement in SUV design in the past 20 years by incorporating safety features such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC) which help prevent rollover accidents and also prevents skids.

In the past, top-heavy SUVs had the highest driver fatality rates, in part due to the fact that the top-heavy vehicles had a propensity to roll over in certain types of crashes. The death rate has dropped from 110 per million vehicles between 1989-1993 model years to 48 per million registered vehicle years between 2006-2009. Now, SUV death rates for drivers are half that of other cars.

Other factors in SUV safety is that they are heavier than other vehicles and have a higher clearance.

The IIHS keep statistics on driver death rates for each model style. Minivans still are the some of the safest vehicle out there. The following vehicles are some of the safest recording less than 22 driver deaths per million registered vehicle years in the 2005-08 models.

  • Audi A6 4-door 4WD
  • Mercedes E-Class 4-door 4WD
  • Toyota Sienna
  • Ford Edge 4WD SUV
  • Nissan Armada 4WD SUV
  • Land Rover Range Rover Sport 4WD SUV
  • Land Rover LR3 4WD SUV
  • Honda CR-V 4WD SUV
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee 4WD SUV
  • Acura MDX 4WD SUV
  • Mercedes E-Class
  • Lexus RX 400h 4WD SUV
  • Lexus GX 470 4WD SUV
  • Mercedes M-Class 4WD SUV
  • Saab 9-3 4-door
  • Kia Sedona minivan
  • Honda Odyssey minivan
  • Jeep Wrangler 4WD SUV
  • Honda Accord
  • Jeep Wrangler 2-door 4WD SUV
  • Honda Pilot 4WD SUV
  • Honda Pilot 2WD SUV
  • Dodge Dakota
  • Acura 3.2 TL
  • Acura RL
  • Nissan Armada 2WD SUV

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed.

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