Although newer vehicles are generally more expensive to insure than older ones, consumers can often get discounts if their new vehicles have the latest safety features. Advances in crash and accident avoidance technology mean that consumers who buy a new vehicle equipped with the latest safety features are often less likely to be seriously injured in a car crash.
Understanding car safety ratings are a function of two major factors: prevention—how well the vehicle is designed to prevent an accident—and, crash worthiness—how well the vehicle performs in a crash.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ranks its Top Safety Picks based on good, acceptable, marginal or poor performance in high-speed front and side crash tests, a rollover test, and evaluations of seat / head restraints for protection against neck injuries during rear impacts. Crash tests are conducted on a half-dozen types of vehicles, including large cars, mid-sized cars, small cars, minivans, mid-size SUV’s, and small SUV’s. Side curtain airbags—which prevent passengers from being ejected when autos rollover—are among the more desirable safety features currently available. For a full report on recalls and defects, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.
Currently, some of the top-rated safety features are:
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