Cars are getting better. In 2011-2012 there were 9 models that had ZERO driver fatalities.

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A record nine car models recorded driver death rates of zero, in a periodic study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The group's focus on 2011 models driven through 2012 also found the overall death rate fell by more than a third from its previous study.
The details, along with a list of the nine models are here.

Car Safety Improves: Study Lists Those With Most, And Least, Driver Deaths : The Two-Way : NPR

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    These charts of least and most fatalities per model will come in handy when choosing a vehicle for yourself, say, or for your mother in law!
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  • Profile picture of the author WalkingCarpet
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    Lol. Fatalities depends on the idiot driving the car. You can get killed even in a Volvo if you drive like an idiot.
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      Originally Posted by WalkingCarpet View Post

      Lol. Fatalities depends on the idiot driving the car. You can get killed even in a Volvo if you drive like an idiot.
      No surprise, but you missed the point. Cars are so much safer today that even when you drive like an idiot and get in an accident, you have a much better chance of surviving the accident.

      You see how that works? lol

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    • Profile picture of the author Floyd Fisher
      Originally Posted by WalkingCarpet View Post

      Lol. Fatalities depends on the idiot driving the car. You can get killed even in a Volvo if you drive like an idiot.


      So you're telling me all the idiot drivers are driving cars like the KIA RIO?


      Or is it the car itself is a death trap?
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    Of course it has nothing to do with the fact that the worst performing cars are probably ones that get bought by new drivers and the best performing ones are bought by people with lots of experience.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    Switch from owners to rental car drivers using the same car models & see what happens...
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    • Profile picture of the author Floyd Fisher
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      Switch from owners to rental car drivers using the same car models & see what happens...


      The stats would probably be similar.


      I looked at the list, and noticed something.


      The 'safe car' list was dominated by SUVs.


      The 'death trap' list was dominated by subcompacts.


      Does that tell you something?
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        Originally Posted by Floyd Fisher View Post

        The stats would probably be similar.


        I looked at the list, and noticed something.


        The 'safe car' list was dominated by SUVs.


        The 'death trap' list was dominated by subcompacts.


        Does that tell you something?
        I kinda doubt stats would be similar.

        I'm sure rental cars are more likely to be abused.
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