The Safest Cars In USA
Which cars are the safest cars in the United States, you may wonder. Is it BMW, Ford, Chevy? As far as car security matters, only eight of the 2004 model cars on the market have earned perfect scores in crash tests conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Here are the criterias: To pass the auto security test, the vehicle had to get perfect marks in all of the following categories:
five-star ratings--the highest available--in NHTSA's frontal
and side vehicle crash tests
five-star rollover resistance ratings
ratings of "good," (highest available), which includes an overall rating,plus individual ratings in the following categories:
The frontal offset crash test structure/safety cage
head/neck injury measures
chest injury measures
left and right leg/foot injury measures
ratings of "good" for head restraint design and the performance of bumpers in low-speed auto crash tests.
Side impact auto crash tests were also conducted for all vehicle brands but no car received perfect marks in those tests.
According to automotive experts, vehicle crash testing is still the best and most objective method for determining which cars are truly the safest. And this does not necessarely mean vehicles equipped with most advanced technology. The difference between a good auto crash test rating and a bad one is significant:
A five-star rating means a chance of serious injury of 10% or less in a car crash at 35 mph
a one-star rating means a chance of 46% or more.
The list might amaze you. Here are the 8 safest motorcars in USA in 2004:
Ford Crown Victoria
Lincoln Town Car
Mercury Grand Marquis
VW New Beetle
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