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  1. Car Safety Ratings (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
      Provides ratings of safety for cars. Editor's Note - Rollover resistance ratings for SUVs started in 2001. 02-10

  2. Car Safety Ratings - Poorest Ratings (MSN)
      "Most cars in NHTSA's crash tests achieve ratings of three stars or higher on tests in which five stars is the top rating, but the IIHS does not hesitate to hand out ratings of "poor" when cars merit them. NHTSA gives out the occasional sub-three-star rating, but a three-star rating tends to be as low as it goes."

      "With an average base price of $15,323 and no prices higher than $19,555, the six least-safe cars on the market come from companies does not ordinarily cover, such as Hyundai, Kia and Suzuki. Some models from these brands -- which are hardly for social climbers -- satisfy bargain hunters but require them to take their chances with personal safety. Hyundai's Elantra, Kia's Optima and Suzuki's Forenza sedans -- like the other vehicles in the slide show -- achieved ratings of "poor," the lowest possible, in two of three Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests (all the cars received their failing grades on the side- and rear-impact tests)." Also included were the Nissan Sentra and the Toyota Corolla."

      "The other trend is that side airbags, though frequently optional, should be mandatory. The IIHS often gives 'poor' side-impact crash-test scores to vehicles tested without optional side airbags. Add side airbags in a side-impact test and a vehicle's score can go from the lowest possible to the second highest possible. But some vehicles, such as the Hyundai Elantra, manage to achieve "poor" side-impact scores despite having standard side bags." 11-05

  3. Rollover Safety of Cars - A Timeline (
      Provides a history of investigation of rollovers of cars, especially SUVs, and the failure of Congress, the auto industry, and federal administrations to protect the safety of consumers. Visitors sometimes spell as roll over. 2-02

  4. SUV Safety - Perception vs Reality (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
      "The Explorer and other sport utilities are built in such a way that makes them extremely dangerous to cars. In fact, a federal study found that the Explorer is 16 times as likely as the typical family car to kill the other driver in a crash. If you look at the numbers, almost as many people are being killed unnecessarily, additionally, in cars each year by Explorers as died in tire-related crashes of Explorers over the last decade." 2-02


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