ARE BIGGER CARS SAFER?

Looking more closely at a study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) on the safety of big cars versus small cars, there is more to be discovered than just that the Volvo 240 sedan, the Plymouth Voyager mini van and the Volvo 740 had the lowest death rates while the Chevrolet Corvette, the Pontiac LeMans coupe and the Isuzu Amigo sport-utility vehicle had the highest death rates. The cars with the lowest death rates were driven by people with a purpose; the cars with the highest death rates were driven by people with an attitude. In other words, "what it comes down to is that big can be better when it comes to the vehicle you are driving, but in the end (pardon the pun), the person behind the wheel is really the one who determines just how safe a car is." This article also comments briefly on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's proposed graduated licensing program, "tattletale" air bags equipped with black boxes to reveal if they did their job when deployed during an accident, and a unique steering wheel cover developed by a reflexologist.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 4-5
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00721492
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-041 923
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 20 1996 12:00AM