Nine Models Boast Zero Deaths
Based on the latest available figures, improved automotive safety technology and vehicle design--and an overall reduction in driving due to the recession-- reduced the risk of dying in an accident while driving a late-model car or light truck by nearly 42 percent over a three-year period ending in 2012, from 48 driver deaths per million vehicle years for 2008 models to just 28 such deaths for the 2011s. And for the first time since the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety began compiling the data, there were some models that recorded driver death rates of zero. The fatality-free vehicles were the Audi A4, Honda Odyssey, Kia Sorento, Lexus RX 350, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, Subaru Legacy, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Sequoia, and Volvo XC90. All but the Audi, Honda, and Subaru are SUVs.