IIHS names Chevrolet Blazer most likely to kill
The Chevrolet Blazer (not to be confused with the Trailblazer) continues to statistically be the most deadly vehicle on the road. Looking at statistics from 2002 through 2005, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that drivers of two-door, 2WD Chevy Blazers built from 2001 to 2004 had 232 drive deaths per million registered vehicles. The average number of deaths in the same time period was 79 deaths per million.
In General Motors' defense, spokesman Alan Adler said this in the Associated Press article, "The study doesn't really take into account driver behavior or how the vehicles are used so it's difficult to really draw much significance." Which, coincidentally, is pretty much exactly what he said in 2005, when the Blazer was first named the deadliest vehicle on the road.
But, he's got a point that the IIHS research backs up. The vehicle with the lowest number of deaths per million was the Chevy Astro minivan, with seven deaths per million.
In case you're curious, the second deadliest was the Acura RSX with 202, and third was the Nissan 350Z with 193. On the other end with the Astro was the Infinit G35, BMW 7 Series and Toyota 4Runner.
[Source: The Associated Press]
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