A recent article by the Washington Post questions whether SUVs are truly a threat to the cars, and that SUV occupants are less safe than car occupants in a SUV/car collision. The common belief is that SUVs present a major threat to car occupants but are safe for their own occupants. The Post cites a new report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as stating the SUV occupants are more likely to die in an SUV/car accident than car occupants. If you've ever driven beside an Escalade while riding in a Mini Cooper, you know, despite all the airbags in the world, that Escalade is uncomfortable close to your head. The Washington Post seems to ignore the numbers and physics, because clearly the IIHS report indicates that size does matter in an accident.
The Post seems to focus on the distribution of accident deaths between SUVs and cars. This was one section of the 8 page report where the percentage of deaths between cars and SUVs in an SUV/car accident was three percent higher on the SUV side of the accident. There could be a lot of reasons for this, but the total percentage was between seven and ten percent for accident deaths between SUVs and cars. The main focus of the IIHS report is on crash compatibility between SUVs and cars, and the Post does eventually bring it up deeper in the article.