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SUV Passengers Likely to Fare Better in Crashes

Type of vehicle more relevant than safety ratings.

by on May.16, 2013

You'll have a lot better chance of surviving if you're driving the SUV, according to a new study.

In a head-on collision between a passenger car and a sport-utility vehicle, the driver of the SUV is as much as 10 times more likely to survive, according to a new study – even if the passenger car has a better crash safety rating.

The findings, to be presented at an emergency medicine conference today, show that despite more than a decade of efforts by federal regulators and automotive engineers to reduce the risks in car-truck crashes, there’s only so much that can be done to overcome the laws of physics.

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“The overwhelming majority of fatalities occur in the smaller and lighter of the two vehicles,” explains Dr. Dietrich Jehle, a professor of emergency medicine at New York’s Erie County Medical Center, and one of the authors of the new study conducted by the University of Buffalo.


Feds May Add New Auto Safety Ratings for Seniors, Pedestrians, Others

NHTSA aims to give better insight into vehicle crash performance.

by on Apr.05, 2013

The new NHTSA proposal would create a "silver" rating to show how senior drivers fare in a crash.

Federal safety regulators have continued to tighten automotive crash standards in recent years – but now are considering a new rating system that would make it easier for motorists to judge not only how a vehicle performs overall but how well it might protect older drivers, passengers and even pedestrians.

Evidence shows that older motorists have unique problems that can result in more serious injuries during a crash, whether driving or sitting in a back seat, something that may lead to the creation of a new “silver” rating, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced in a posting in the Federal Register.

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NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said the agency also is considering new rear seat crash ratings. And a separate system could be initiated for pedestrians, as well. Europe already has set extensive mandates for pedestrian safety which have resulted in such innovations as a new Volvo airbag system that pops open on the base of the windshield if someone is struck by the vehicle.


BMW, Hyundai Grab 5-Star Ratings in New Crash Tests

5-Series and Sonata are the only models to get top new score.

by on Oct.05, 2010

The BMW 5-Series and the Hyundai Sonata were the only models awarded overall 5-star ratings by NHTSA under revised 2011 testing.

While it might seem like just about every carmaker and model, these days, is promoting a 5-star crash rating, things are about to get tougher – a lot tougher, as the industry is learning.  Only two models from two makes have met the even more stringent 5-star target under the newly-revised federal safety evaluations.

For the coming 2011 model-year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is rating 55 new models, including 20 SUVs, 24 passenger cars, two vans and nine pickup trucks.  So far, only two have been able to achieve an overall 5-star rating: the 2011 BMW 5-Series and the 2011 Hyundai Sonata.

That’s a potential significant advantage in a market that has become increasingly sensitive to safety-related issues where makers compete to show who has the most airbags and the latest computer-controlled safety systems.

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“The performance of the new 5 Series in these tough new tests reflects BMW’s long-held belief in a holistic approach to vehicle safety that places equal emphasis on active and passive safety,” Jim O’Donnell, President of BMW of North America, said in response to the NHTSA announcement.