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January 31, 2006

NHTSA Reports Compact Cars Have Highest Fatality Rate

On Monday, January 30, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a report (PDF) comparing death rates among different kinds of vehicles after examining fatality data from 1997 to 2004.  According to the report, compact cars had a fatality rate of 17.76 per 100,000 vehicles in 2004.  Compact pickup trucks followed with 16.87 and subcompact vehicles with 16.85.  Large vans had the lowest rate at 9.34.  Pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles had rates of about 15 deaths.  In rollover crashes, mid-size sport utility vehicles had a fatality rate of nearly 10 deahts per 100,000 registered vehicles in 2004, the highest automobile rollover rate.  Full-size passenger cars had the lowest fatality rate in rollover accidents.  The report showed that overall, fatality rates have mostly declined since the late 1990s in every vehicle classification.  The death rates in all passenger cars dropped to 14.2 per 100,000 vehicles in 2004 from 16.9 in 1997.  Reactions to the report by various industry and consumer groups varied.  By Ken Thomas,  AP


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