Insurers: Econoboxes deadly

April 14, 2009

From today’s New York Times article, “Study Says Small-Car Buyers Sacrifice Safety for Economy“:

Consumers who buy minicars to economize on fuel are making a big tradeoff when it comes to safety in collisions, according to an insurance group that slammed three minimodels into midsize ones in tests…

… The [Insurance Institute for Highway Safety] concludes that while driving smaller and lighter cars saves fuel, “downsizing and down-weighting is also associated with an increase in deaths on the highway,” said Adrian Lund, the institute’s president.

“It’s a big effect — it’s not small,” he said in a telephone interview.

Click here for the IIHS report.

No stop signs. No speed limits. Econoboxes will put you on the highway to green hell.

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