New Cars are Getting Safer Says IIHS Study

All of that safety technology that is being installed in new cars is working. 

According to a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the chances of dying in a late-model vehicle have fallen by more than a third in just three years. Increased safety equipment along with improved vehicle design are the main factors making new vehicles so safe.

IIHS researchers looked at how much the change in our vehicles has affected overall deaths in vehicles from 1985 to 2012. They found that the largest improvements came between 1993 and 2006. Overall, 7,700 fewer driver deaths occurred in 2012 than there would have been if all our vehicles were the same as they were in 1985.

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In terms of actual hard numbers, there were 28 driver deaths per million registered vehicles through 2012, while 2008 has 48 driver deaths per million cars.

When it comes to individual nameplate, there are nine vehicles that haven’t experience a single driver death between 2009 and 2012, something that has never happened before. On the flip side though, there are still three different individual models that have more than 100 deaths per million vehicles registered.