The Insurance Institute for Road Safety (IIHS) not only conducts crash tests, but also collects statistics on the consequences of road accidents. Every three years, the organization compares mortality rates with its previous data. The latest such comparison shows that small cars are still more dangerous and can not protect their driver, despite the increased number of safety systems, writes Automedia.The last data collection is for the period 2015-2018. Subcompact car accidents have killed 108 people per 1 million vehicles, while larger cars have killed 52 per million cars. It should be noted that the indicator in subcompact models has decreased 2 times. Experts estimate 36 deaths per 10 billion miles, up from 78 in the previous reporting period.
The IIHS report also provides data for specific models. The record holder is the Ford Fiesta (141 deaths per million registered cars). In second place is the Hyundai Accent with 116. Next are two models that are not available in Europe – Chevrolet Sonic (98 dead) and Nissan Vers Note (96). The top 5 also includes the Fiat 500 (95). They are followed by Hyundai Elantra and Kia Cerato (89 each), Nissan Versa (88), Kia Rio (87) and Hyundai Accent station wagon (81).
At the other end of the list are large SUVs and models from premium brands with zero mortality. These are the Infiniti QX60, Porsche Cayenne, Range Rover Evoque and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It should also be noted that the Volkswagen Golf has the same indicator – none died.