by Tim O’Hare
Keeping your family safe on the road is about more than avoiding distracted driving and practicing safe driving habits. The car you drive plays a significant role in your overall safety while driving. Car manufacturers often tout their vehicles with the highest safety ratings, but we rarely hear about the models that are least safe.
According to 24/7 Wall St., these are among the Top 10 Most Dangerous Cars in America
- Dodge Ram 1500 – Nearly 157,000 of this popular pickup truck were sold in 2011, but do buyers know how dangerous this truck may be? JD Power gives the Ram 1500 just two out of five points in quality. Bad ratings for the truck include poor safety ratings in side impact and rollover tests. From 1998 to 2001, the Dodge Ram 1500 received failing marks from IIHS in frontal offset tests, was rated poor in protecting heads and legs, and was also rated poor in ability to restrain the crash test dummy. While the IIHS found the Ram 1500 to be of “good” standings in front crash tests, the NHTSA was not in agreement in safety of the Ram 1500 in frontal crash tests.
- Chevy Colorado Crew Cab – Though not nearly as popular as the Dodge Ram 1500, the Colorado Crew Cab by Chevy sold more than 31,000 in 2011. The truck received poor ratings in side crash tests, and substandard ratings in rollover tests and rear crash tests. In 2011, the Colorado Crew Cab was recalled due to seat belt safety concerns. JD Power gives the Colorado Crew Cab three of five points.
- Mazda CX-7 – Rollover and rear crash tests show the Mazda CX-7 to perform poorly. Though the vehicle did receive “good” scores in front and side impact ratings, poor performance in rear and rollover crash tests land the Mazda CX-7 on list of most dangerous cars. The CX-7 will be replaced by the CX-5 next year. JD Power gives the CX-7 four of five points for quality. Tests show similar ratings for the Mazda CX-9 midsize SUV.
- Nissan Pathfinder – The IIHS found the Nissan Pathfinder to be at a 20 to 30 percent risk of rollover during tests. It also earned just “marginal” ratings in rollover and rear-impact tests. JD Power gives the Pathfinder just three of five points for quality.
- Jeep Wrangler – Surprisingly, the four-door model of the Jeep Wrangler was one of the few SUVs to underperform the two-door model in crash tests. The popular Jeep Wrangler — more than 122,000 Wranglers sold last year — received “marginal” ratings in side and rear-impact tests. Both the two-door and four-door models were found to be unable to protect the driver’s or back seat passenger’s head in crash tests. The Jeep Wrangler received the lowest safety ratings of any mid-size SUV from Consumer Reports. JD Power gives the Jeep Wrangler just three of five points for quality.
Before purchasing your next vehicle, pay close attention to safety ratings. Compare how various vehicle makes and models scored in crash tests by both IIHS and the NHTSA. For more of the most dangerous cars in America, click here.
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