By David Thomas on April 18, 2007
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released a list of the deadliest vehicles on the road between 2002 and 2005. The list below identifies the most- and least-deadly cars and trucks, but they’re all 2001 - 2004 vehicles. It’s important to note that in just the three model years since then, there have been significant strides made in automotive safety, especially with the proliferation of standard safety equipment. Many of the vehicles mentioned are not produced any longer, and many have been significantly updated or redesigned entirely.
While many news outlets may point out the horrifying numbers in the report (125,000 deaths over four years is a huge number of fatalities), we do want to mention that IIHS states very far up in the report that between 1990 and 1994 there were 110 deaths per million registered vehicles. That number fell to 87 per million between 1999 and 2002 and, in the latest report, from 2002 - 2005 it was 79 per million. IIHS calls that decline of nearly 30% a significant improvement.
One interesting thing in the numbers is that the smallest vehicles in every segment are more dangerous than larger models, with the exception of sports cars and large SUVs, which show the opposite trend.
Lowest Vehicle Deaths Per Million Vehicles
Highest Vehicle Deaths Per Million Vehicles
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