We've got some sour news for you if you've got a Chevrolet Aveo, Chevrolet Cobalt, Nissan 350Z or Nissan Titan in your driveway. According to a new study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, owners of those particular vehicles are more likely to die in an auto accident than those who own other vehicles. That's thanks in part to the fact that those models aren't equipped with traction control. Automotive News reports that the IIHS study found that of the 26 lowest-rated vehicles in the study, none had the technology.

In the past, SUV drivers were the ones most likely to die due to the threat of rollovers, but new safety systems have changed that trend. The IIHS report now says that SUV drivers are among those who are most likely to survive an accident.

So, which vehicles came out on top? The Audi A6, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Toyota Sienna, Ford Edge, Nissan Armada and Land Rover Range Rover Sport and LR3 were among the winners of the survey. That settles it, Aveo owners; time to trade it in for Range Rover.


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      Richard
      • 3 Years Ago
      It is only the base model of the 350Z that does not come with traction control. And honestly what the hell did people do without traction control in the past? Did they all die in vehicular accidents or did they actually learn how to drive?
        Coconut Racing
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Richard
        They either died or figured out countersteering.
        Coconut Racing
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Richard
        I just figured out how to countersteer. The E36 has a very nice, predictable, easy to drive chassis. As my friend put it, you can start oversteering, go take a break, do your taxes, have lunch, take a nap, then come back and still have enough time to correct the oversteer. And it's true, only in some very extreme cases of snap oversteer have I ever spun out in autocross!
      jbm0866
      • 3 Years Ago
      I find it hard to believe that traction control is the difference between a safe and unsafe car...sure it isn't stability control?
        Susan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jbm0866
        No, it is the moron quotient of the driver that determines safe versus unsafe.
      72CJ5driver
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its interesting that the Titan is on the bad list, but its platform twin the Armada is on the opposite end of the spectrum. You would think these vehicles have similar safety features, performance, and similar. My gut tells me that it probably has more to do with the types of people that typically drive those vehicles.
      buckfeverjohnson
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mr Bowman, You are talking about traction control, but the Automotive News article and the IIHS say that electronic stability control is the issue. Huge difference. Might want to edit your blog.
      eric
      • 3 Years Ago
      This isn't going to be a statistical issue much longer as the end of the phase-in period is approaching and all light duty passenger vehicles in the US market are now required to have stability control. As a result, since all modern stability control systems use the anti-lock brake controller to modulate braking at each wheel, this mean all cars will now have standard ABS as well. Most of the newer systems have less issues with sand and snow and dramatically reduce braking distances in the wet. Good, defensive driving is absolutely required to minimize the chance of an injury but no driver can brake individual wheels to help rotate and correct yaw and slip angles like what stability control can provide. As long as it can be fully disabled such as if I want to do a track day I have no issue with standard stability control. It has been proven extremely effective at reducing the risk of crashes. The NHTSA as well as IIHS numbers show that when comparing two otherwise identical vehicles like the Cobalt and others where certain older trim levels had optional stability control, there's a dramatic decrease in the percentage of single and multiple-car collisions in the cars that have stability control. It's a driver's aid and not a substitute for good driving and works extremely well. Speaking of which, if any of the Autoblog admin staff read the comments you might want to fix your summarization of the other news articles. They clearly state "stability control" and not "traction control", which is a big difference. Although both may be using the same ABS HCU (hydraulic control unit) application, one primarily minimizes wheel spin on acceleration under poor traction and one is designed to aid safety and vehicle stability/control and maintain a desired path of travel.
      Jake S
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow. This study has some serious inaccuracies. The 350Z has traction control (it's called VDC or Vehicle Dynamic Control). The nannies on the 350Z are terrible. They make the car drive like a wet diaper. What probably causes the accidents are all the hoons out there who turn the VDC off when they race their pals in high school.
        Anthony Eckstorm
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jake S
        I was going to say the same thing! VDC sucked though. If you pushed down the gas at all the car would die like you shut it off!
      Thorlius
      • 3 Years Ago
      I suppose this another reason why my Corvette costs me less in insurance than my Cobalt (winter-beater).
      • 3 Years Ago
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      darnelldixon
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is clearly wrong cause the 350Z DOES have VDC which includes traction control
        XGM
        • 3 Years Ago
        @darnelldixon
        To add on most Cobalts also come with traction control (not available on the base XFE).
      kilauea
      • 3 Years Ago
      Gosh, my old Buick doesn't have traction control, am I going to die?
      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did the Aveo and Cobalt drivers die of embarrassment?
      carboy55
      • 3 Years Ago
      All the discussion of traction and stability control is great, but maybe the wildcard in all this is the personality profile of the drivers. Maybe dare devils buy Zs. As for they Cobalts.... maybe they've lost their will to live. LOL
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