Which Are the Most Unsafe Cars on the Road?
Now that life is slowly returning to normal following two years of upheaval from the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more of us are returning to a more 'normal' existence.
For a number of people, that means getting back out on the road again to go to work, take the kids to school, and travel.
But that increased traffic on the roadways has come at a cost.
An estimated 9,560 Americans died in motor vehicle fatalities in the first three months of 2022, according to the latest figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
That's the highest number of auto fatalities during the first quarter of a year in two decades and a 7% increase compared to the same quarter in 2021.
So how much are those numbers caused by drivers and how much can be attributed to the safety of the vehicles being driven?
In a new 24/7 Wall Street story, 'The Most Unsafe Cars on the Road', 35 vehicles singled out for overall NHTSA safety ratings of just two or three stars from 2011 or later model years.
These ten were deemed the most unsafe:
MOST UNSAFE VEHICLES ON THE ROAD
- 2011/2012 Ford Escape
- 2012 Acura TL
- 2012/2013 Ford Transit Connect
- 2013/2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500
- 2013/2014 GMC Sierra 2500
- 2011 Buick Lucerne
- 2011 Ford Ranger
- 2011 Honda Civic
- 2011 Honda CR-Z
- 2011 Mazda Tribute
There were 1.33 auto fatalities per 100,000 vehicle miles traveled in 2021, which is still too many, but a far cry from the 5.26 fatalities per 100,000 miles traveled 55 years ago before widespread seatbelt use began in America.