Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Suvs Safer for Their Own, Worse for Those in Cars

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Suvs Safer for Their Own, Worse for Those in Cars

Article excerpt

Are SUVs safer than cars? Yes, for their own occupants. But they achieve that safety at the expense of people in cars, federal studies say.

A November 2002 report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety measured occupant deaths per million vehicles. Cars had 124; SUVs 115.

But a June 2003 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concluded that while deaths in collisions between cars and other cars dropped from about 6,500 in 1980 to 3,000 in 2001, deaths in collisions between cars and "LTVs" (SUVs, pickup trucks and minivans) soared from about 3,800 to 5,100.

It cited these reasons: If an SUV and a car hit head-on, there are 4.5 fatalities in the car to every one in the SUV; and if an SUV hits a car in the side, there are 22 deaths in the car for every one in the SUV. …

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